The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to handle petitions arising from last Saturday’s Edo election has been constituted by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem.
In a statement made available to reporters on Monday, in Abuja, the tribunal’s Secretary, Sunday Martins, Esq., said the panel will be inaugurated very soon.
According to Martins, the tribunal has been mandated to hear and determine petitions that may arise from the election. Speaking further, Martins noted that the Secretariat is now open to receive petitions from aggrieved parties and candidates.
He said the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Esther Amenaghawon Edigin has graciously approved the use of High Court Complex (Election Petition Court Hall), Sapele Road, Benin City for the Tribunal Exercise.
“The general public is hereby put on notice that the Honourable President of Court of Appeal of Nigeria – Hon. Justice Monica Dongban – Mensem has established the Election Petition Tribunal Secretariat and accordingly constituted a panel in respect of the Governorship Election conducted in Edo State.
“The Honourable Chief Judge of the State – Hon. Justice E.A Edigin has graciously approved the use of High Court Complex (Election Petition Court Hall), Sapele Road, Benin City for the Tribunal Exercise. The Secretariat is now open,” the statement read.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday declared Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State as the winner of the election after defeating the All Progressives Congress candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and others in the election.