Several injured as party supporters clash at Edo guber petitions tribunal

Osagie Ize-Iyamu

Osagie Ize-Iyamu

There was pandemonium yesterday at the venue of the Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin City, the state capital following a clash between supporters of the two main parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The incident resulted in injuries on several.

The Guardian learnt that the youths stormed the venue as early as 7:30 a.m. singing war songs.The PDP standard-bearer for the September 28, 2016 gubernatorial polls, Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu, challenging the declaration of Governor Godwin Obaseki of the APC as winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ize- Iyamu and his party were represented by Mr. Adebayo Adelodun (SAN), Mr. Roland Otaru (SAN), Chief Dan Okoh (SAN), Mr. Ferdinand Orbih (SAN), Mr. Henry Ogbodu (SAN) and A. Akinolu (SAN) among others.

INEC, the first respondent in the petition, had its legal team led by Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) while Mr. Ken Mozia (SAN) and others stood for the second respondent, APC. Mr. Niyi Akintola (SAN) led others to represent the third respondent, Governor Obaseki.

After entertaining their arguments, the Justice Ahmed Badamasi-led tribunal adjourned further hearing till December 7, 2016 to enable the parties file their applications and responses.

Counsel to the petitioners, Adelodun had told the tribunal that they were ready to commence with the pre- hearing but was objected to by the lawyers for the APC and Obaseki who argued that there were pending applications that should be heard before pre-hearing takes place, an argument the panel upheld.

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