Tribunal Dismises Airhiavbere's Petition Against Oshiomhole

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  • Friday, 28 September 2012
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  • The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in benin has dismissed the petition filed by Major General Charles Airhiavbere (Rtd)  challenging the educational qualifications of Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

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    In his ruling, the Tribunal Chairman, Suleiman Ambursa said the petition is a pre-election matter since it had to do with the educational qualification of the governor.

    “Any person who has any reasonable ground to contest the educational qualification of the first respondent, should seek a declaration in the high court,” Suleiman explained.

    After examining the affidavits, counter affidavits and submissions of the counsels for the respondents and petitioner, the  Suleiman said, the tribunal concluded it had no jurisdiction over what took place in 2007.
    Mr. Ambursa averred that in line with the provisions of the constitution, candidates are expected to submit copies of their documents to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) before the election and that the same constitution mandates the electoral body to publish the said documents in order that any other candidate that is not satisfied with the information therein contained might approach the Federal High Court for appropriate interpretation.

    The tribunal chairman, Suleiman took a jab at Airhiavbere, descring his petition as a “wild goose chase” for failing to follow the constitutional provisions, the tribuna therafter struck out the petition.

    The ruling was received with mixed rections, as supporters of the ACN jubilated round the streets of the Tribunal venue. The Governor was however absent as he was away inspecting landmark projects being executed by his administration accoss the state capital. The deputy Governor, Dr. Odubu who was present at the venue was all smiles with the supporters and described the ruling as a victory for democracy and assured the people of Edo State of continued government presence.

    The Tribuna is expected to deliver its ruling today on the motion by the petitioner that the governorship election itself was marred by irregularities. 

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