The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting successful Benin has affirmed the predetermination of Sen. Neda Imasuen of the Labour Party for Edo South spot of the National Assembly.
The campaigner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, and his party, had done petition nary EPT/ED/SEN/03/2023 approached the tribunal to situation Imasuen’s triumph successful the Feb. 25 election.
The petitioners had approached the tribunal seeking the nullification of Imasuen’s triumph connected 4 grounds, including alleged non-qualification, over-voting, corrupt practice, non-compliance with the Electoral Act by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the information of the 1st responsive by the LP.
The three-member sheet led by Justice Yusuf Mohammed, however, dismissed the petition for lacking successful merit and being incompetent.
Justice Mohammed, who work the implicit 3 hours judgement, said the petitioners failed to beryllium beyond tenable uncertainty that Imasuen was not qualified to enactment successful the election.
The tribunal held that the allegations of non-qualification, enactment information oregon sponsorship for an predetermination were pre-election matters that could lone beryllium entertained by a Federal High Court.
He added that Iduoriyekemwen and his enactment besides failed to beryllium that the legislator did not people the bulk of valid votes successful the election.
The Judge held that the petitioners were incapable to beryllium the lawsuit of alleged non-compliance with the Electoral Act and irregularities during the election.
Reacting, Imasuen dedicated the triumph to the radical of Edo and lauded the tribunal for its courageous mentation of the instrumentality and lasting for justice.
The tribunal had earlier struck retired the petition filed by Valentine Asuen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) successful Edo South.