YPD's Petition Thrown Out
By Tony Igele
Benin City - The petition by the Young Democratic Party, YDP, against the outcome of the September 28, 2016 governorship election in Edo State, has suffered a setback as the Election Petitions Tribunal described it as an ‘abandoned petition.’
Candidate of the YDP, Nurudeen Inwanfero, had in the petition asked the tribunal to cancel the entire September 28 election, arguing that the party’s logo was not included in the ballot papers used for the election.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, in his ruling, yesterday, said that the petitioners failed to abide by paragraph 18 of the First Scheduled of the Electoral Act.
Justice Badamasi ruled on the oral application by counsel to the petitioners, Ugo Nwofor, asking for adjournment to enable him put his ‘house in order’.
Nwofor had requested for the adjournment after the tribunal threw away petition number 3, filed by YDP to replace petition number one.
Counsel to Godwin Obaseki, declared winner of the poll, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, kicked against the requested adjournment based on the fact that the petitioners failed to apply for pre-hearing notice.
In his ruling, Justice Badamasi said the three-man panel had checked the records and did not find where the petitioners or respondents applied for pre-hearing notices.
Justice Badamasi held that paragraph 18 of the First Schedule of the Electoral Act empowers the tribunal to dismiss a petition as abandoned where it failed to abide by provision of the paragraph.
The petition was therefore, struck out.