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- Published on Sunday, 05 August 2012 01:48
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The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the July 14 Edo Governorship election, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, has filed a petition at the Election Petitions Tribunal challenging the victory of Governor Adams Oshiomole of Action Congress of Nigeria. The Secretary of the tribunal, Mrs. Josephine Aliyu said Airhiavbere filed the petition on
The first and second petitioners, Airhiavbere and PDP, are challenging Oshiomhole. Five others – ACN, Independent National Electoral Commission, Edo Resident Electoral Commissioner and the state governorship returning officer were joined as respondents in the case.
The petitioners claimed that the ‘purported election’ was invalid due to corrupt practices and non-compliance with the provisions of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
Alleged intimidation and harassment of voters, depriving them from exercising their franchise and constitutional rights in 11 local government areas of the state, were other grounds for the petition.
The petitioners further claimed that there was no link between Oshiomhole and the academic qualification he presented.
They further claimed that INEC invalidly returned Oshiomhole as duly elected in spite of the fact that the election was not concluded in compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2012.
The petitioners said the Edo Election returning officer wrongfully proceeded to declare Oshiomhole winner of the election by issuing him Form EC8E on July 15.
They claimed that Oshiomhole, who was returned as the winner of the election, was not qualified to contest the election of the office of the governor of Edo State.