Tribunal Affirms Two Labour Party Reps’ Victory In Edo, Dismisses Opposition Petitions

Tribunal Affirms Two Labour Party Reps’ Victory In Edo, Dismisses Opposition Petitions

Petitions by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the victory of two Labour Party candidates in the February 25 House of Representatives election have been dismissed for lacking in merit.

The candidate of the PDP in the said election, Okhuarobo Osamuede and his party, had approached the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital, to challenge the outcome of the election, which produced Labour Party’s Murphy Omoruyi as lawmaker for Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency.

Osamuede contended that the election was invalid by reason of corrupt practices, non-compliance with requirements of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended and that the first respondent, Murphy, was not qualified to contest the election as he was not a member of the 3rd respondent, the Labour Party.

However, the Tribunal, on Thursday, dismissed the petition on the ground that the petitioners did not prove any of the grounds of the petition.

Also, in a petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the same election, Eribo Crosby Osadolor, the tribunal also held that the petitioners failed to prove any of the grounds of the petition, and the petition therefore failed.

The Tribunal also dismissed the petition of Sunday Aguebor of the PDP and his party against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25 House of Representatives election for Oredo Federal Constituency, Iyawe Aisosa, and the Labour Party for lacking in merit.

The petition was on the ground of non-compliance with the requirements of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended, which the Tribunal held that they failed to prove as allegations of noncompliance are required to be proved polling unit by polling unit and ward by ward

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