The court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has dismissed the appeal brought before it, by the people’s democratic party and its governorship candidate in the September twenty-eight governorship election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Best Mbiere reports that the PDP is set to challenge the Judgment at the Supreme Court.
The court of Appeal in Benin city was besieged by security personnel from the police, NSCDC and the state security service who were stationed within and outside the court premises, with parties seated including the second respondent Governor Godwin Obaseki, a member of the five member panel of the court of Appeal, Justice Adefope Okojie who read the judgement that lasted less than five minute, struck out the appeal of the appellant who challenged the Judgement of the Edo State governorship election petition on forty one grounds.
According to Justice Okojie the Tribunal panel led by Justice Ahmed Badamasi deserves commendation for taking the pains to look at all the issues raises at the tribunal before delivery Judgement in Favor of the APC and Governor Godwin Obaseki.
She there after struck out the petition as other members of the panel openly agreed to the judgment. The judgment threw some supporters of the APC who were at the court premises into a publication.
The victorious Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki who was visibly happy acknowledges cheers from at the crowd.
Lead counsel to Governor Godwin Obaseki Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, secretary to Edo state government Barrister Osariodion Ogie and a member of legal team of the PDP barrister Edewi reacts to the judgement.
Although Edo State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih and other leaders and members of the party were in court, lead counsel for appellants and other senior advocates were not in court.
The judgment by the court of appeal is coming ten days after if first entertained the appeal by the PDP and the cross appeal by the APC which was also dismissed.
The Supreme Court has two months from the day of this judgment to hear and deliver judgment in the matter.