Appeal Court upholds Obaseki’s election

Appeal Court upholds Obaseki’s election
June 09 23:19 2017

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo state has dismissed the appeal of People’s Democratic Party’s candidate in the last gubernatorial election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iayamu.

The Election Petition Tribunal had upheld the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki of All Progressives Congress (APC) while the Appeal Court followed suit on Friday.

Counsels to both parties had argued their briefs on May 30 this year, where Obaseki’s counsels, led by Wole Olanipekun, SAN, urged the court to dismiss the Appeal, saying that the grounds of the appeal were watery.

Striking out the appeal, the court, led by Hon. Justice Dongban-Mensen, ruled that the Justice Ahmed Badamasi-led Tribunal did a good job in its judgment, and so deserved commendation.

He added that the Tribunal should be commended for properly evaluating all the witnesses’ evidence and ascribing “probative value” to it.