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Edo Guber Polls: Tribunal Holds Inaugural Sitting, Adjourns Till December

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Edo Guber Polls: Tribunal Holds Inaugural Sitting, Adjourns Till December

The Edo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal held its inaugural sitting on Friday in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Abdulrazak Abdulkareem during his inaugural speech pledged the tribunal’s commitment to complete its task within the scheduled timeframe without bias, and sought counsel cooperation.

Following the inaugural speech, five applications were heard from all five petitioners counsel.

All the applications are ex-parte.

The first application is from the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its Governorship Candidate in September 19, 2020 Edo Governorship Election, Emmanuel Iboi.

The parties in the petition are: Action Democratic Party (ADP) and Emmanuel Iboi vs INEC, PDP, Godwin Obaseki, APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The Petitioner by a motion exparte asked the Tribunal for an Order of substituted service on the third Respondent, Godwin Obaseki through the second respondent, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Tribunal granted leave for ADP and Emmanuel Iboi; and a second Petitioner, Tracy Agol to served by substituted means, the petition and accompanying processes on Governor Obaseki by pasting on the premises of the PDP Secretariat located at first east Circular Road Benin City.

Two other Petitioners, Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) and Action Peoples Party (APP) were granted leave to effect substituted service by handing the documents over to any staff or member of the PDP at its Edo State Secretariat.

The fifth Petitioners; Action Alliance (AA) and another were granted leave to serve by substituted means through pasting the same at the Edo State government house complex, Dennis Osadebey Avenue Benin City.

They adjourned till the 7th of December 2020 for Pre-hearing Session in the Petitions filed following the independent national Electoral Commission INEC’s declaration of Governor Godwin Obaseki winner in the September 19 governorship election.

 

The tribunal’s chairman, Justice Abdulrazak Abdulkareem during his inaugural speech pledged the tribunal’s commitment to complete its task within the scheduled timeframe without bias and sought counsel cooperation.

Following the inaugural speech, five applications were heard from all five petitioners counsel.

All the applications are ex-parte.

The first application is from the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its Governorship Candidate on September 19, 2020, Edo Governorship Election, Emmanuel Iboi.

The parties in the petition are Action Democratic Party (ADP) and Emmanuel Iboi vs INEC, PDP, Godwin Obaseki, APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The Petitioner by a motion exparte asked the Tribunal for an Order of substituted service on the third Respondent, Godwin Obaseki through the second respondent, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Tribunal granted leave for ADP and Emmanuel Iboi; and a second Petitioner, Tracy Agol to served by substituted means, the petition, and accompanying processes on Governor Obaseki by pasting on the premises of the PDP Secretariat located at first east Circular Road Benin City.

Two other Petitioners, Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) and Action Peoples Party (APP) were granted leave to effect substituted service by handing the documents over to any staff or member of the PDP at its Edo State Secretariat.

The fifth Petitioners; Action Alliance (AA) and another were granted leave to serve by substituted means through pasting the same at the Edo State government house complex, Dennis Osadebey Avenue Benin City.

The Tribunal later adjourned till December 7, 2020, for a pre-hearing session in the petitions.

filed following the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC (INEC) declaration of Governor Godwin Obaseki winner in the September 19 governorship election.

SOURCE: CHANNELSTV

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