Tribunal Grants Motion Allowing APC, Obaseki to Inspect Election Materials


Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
The Election Petitions Tribunal in Benin City, Edo State has granted the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate and governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, motion to inspect election materials.

The same tribunal had on Tuesday, granted similar motion to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to inspect all materials used in the conduct of last September 28 governorship election in the state.

The APC motion ex-parte was filed on the October 12, 2016 with number EPT/EDS/GOV/2M/2016.
Chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice A.T.Badamasi granted the motion that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) allow the APC and its candidate inspect the election materials after hearing arguments from one of the counsel to Obaseki, Sentos Femi Owootori.

The INEC had declared the APC candidate, Obaseki winner of the election after he polled 319,483 total votes as against 253,173 polled by his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the PDP.
Though the tribunal is yet to be inaugurated, but a source at the tribunal said it will only be inaugurated after the parties filed their petitions for hearing which according to the source they have 21 days to do.