The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal filed by the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its candidate in Benin, thereby upholding the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo at the 2020 governorship election.
This was revealed on Wednesday when the appeal court, while delivering the judgement in the case marked CA/B/EPT/GOV/01 & 1A/2021 Action Democratic Party & Anor v. INEC & 2Ors, stated that Mr. Obaseki did not forge his certificates he used to contest for the 2020 governorship election.
The judgement was delivered barely two months after the Elections Petitions Tribunal struck out the petition by ADP and its governorship candidate, Iboi Lucky. The ADP had challenged the outcome of the September 19, 2020, governorship election, which Mr. Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Governor of Edo emerged as winner for second time.
In another case, marked /B/EPT/GOV/02/2021 Action Peoples Party (APP) Vs Godwin N. Obaseki & 2Ors, the court totally upheld the judgment of the tribunal and dismissed the appeal with costs assessed at N600, 000 each on two different counts.
The governor won all the eight issues for determination in the appeal. While delivering the judgement in favor of the governor, the presiding judge, M. A. Owoade, dismissed the main appeal, the preliminary objection and the cross appeal.