The candidate of the Action Democratic Party in the September 19 Edo State governorship election, Mr. Lucky Iboi, on Monday, approached the State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin to challenge the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Iboi and his party submitted the petition the same day the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, announced that he was pursuing a legal challenge to two pre-election matters earlier instituted against Obaseki.
The ADP candidate and his party, in their petition, are challenging Obaseki’s victory, citing among other things, his alleged ineligibility to contest based on “irregularities” in his certificates as well as “the fact that” he took part in the primaries of the APC and the PDP for the same election.
The petitioners, who joined the Independent National Electoral Commission, the PDP, Obaseki, the APC and Ize-Iyamu as 1st to 5th respondents in that order, averred that the university degree certificate submitted by the 3rd respondent, Godwin Noghehase Obaseki, issued by the University of Ibadan, was defective.
Reliefs being sort by the petitioners include: a “declaration that the 3rd respondent (Obaseki) presented a forged and/or a false certificate to INEC in violation of section 182(1) [I] of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Meanwhile, seven other governorship candidates, who contested in the election, have also hinted of a possible legal challenge to Obaseki’s victory.