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Edo election: ADP gubernatorial candidate challenges Obaseki’s victory in court

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The Democratic Action Party (ADP) and its candidate for governor in the September 19 elections in Edo, Mr. Iboi Emmanuel, have filed a petition to overturn the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the Governor’s Election Petitions Court.

The petitioners question the validity of forms EC9 and CF001, submitted by Obaseki with respect to the 2020 and 2016 government surveys in Edo.

Emmanuel asks the court to look at the list of vice-rectors of the University of Ibadan (UI), from 1947 to date, publication of the electronic newspaper that announced the death of Professor Tekena Tamuno, among other documents.

He alleged in his petition that Tamuno, who was UI vice-rector from December 1975 to November 1979, could not have signed a certificate, which Obaseki allegedly presented to the APC for review.

He also alleged that the alleged college degree, which Obaseki said was issued by UI, was undated.

Therefore, the ADP candidate argued that Obaseki was not qualified to run for governor elections, adding that the votes credited to him were null and void.

The petitioners stated that they would rely on Forms EC9 and CF001 submitted by Obaseki to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2020 and 2016 elections in Edo.

They were also hoping to rely on the affidavit allegedly deposited by the governor in the FCT Court on July 7, 2016, allegedly bearing on July 6, 1979, as well as the UI Certificate.

Other respondents in the petition were the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Congress of All Progressives, and INEC.

The Benin-based court also received a petition from the Action Peoples Party, challenging its illegal exclusion from the elections.

Court Clerk Sunday Martins, who confirmed receipt of the two petitions to the NAN on Thursday, said filing of the petitions would end on Saturday.

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