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Saturday, 10 June 2017

KABOOM!!! Edo Election Appeal: PDP and Pastor Ize-Iyamu reject Appeal Court ruling, head to Supreme Court

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Nigeria - The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate in the last governorship election in Edo State -Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have rejected the Appeal Court ruling that affirmed the All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki, as winner of the poll.
They have also vowed to head for the Supreme Court to claim the governorship mandate that was allegedly subverted by the APC and its candidate.


Pastor Ize-Iyamu told newsmen after the Court of Appeal ruling that certain issues raised at the tribunal were yet to be addressed.
He said, “Until one is actually able to lay hands on the judgement and read,that is when one can make a fair comment. All we know is that our appeal and the cross appeal were dismissed. But the reasons are not known.
“By the time we lay hands on it, we will meet with our lawyers and our party leaders and take a decision. There were fundamental issues we raised against the tribunal judgement.
“There are things it said that we believe cannot stand the test of time. We are not bound to depend only on corrupt practices to prove our point. Non-compliance is a ground in the Electoral Act and we depended on it.”
State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, said nothing would stop the party from appealing against the appellate court ruling.
His words, “I was in court and we were waiting anxiously to hear their verdict. But what we got was a very brief statement saying that they have dismissed the appeal. They did not give the reasons for their judgement.
“But on the strength of our case to the Appeal Court, I believe that there is nothing that will stop us from going to the Supreme Court‎ to see that justice is done on this case.”



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