The Edo Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin has received petitions from five political parties and their candidates, challenging the declaration of Gov. Godwin Obaseki as the rightful winner of the September 19 poll.
The Secretary of the tribunal, Mr Sunday Martins, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Monday.
Martin’s said that the 21-day window period for the submission of petitions ended on Saturday.
He, however, said that the bailiff had not succeeded in his efforts to personally serve Obaseki the court notice.
He said that the governor “must be served personally because it is an originating process”.
The political parties and their candidates included the Action Peoples Party (APP), Action Alliance (AA), Mr Ukonga Frank, Allied Peoples’ Movement, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Mr. Agol Ebun, and Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr Iboi Emmanuel.
All the petitions joined Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as respondents.
The petition by ADP and its candidate had the governor, PDP, INEC and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress as defendants.
Candidates of APP and AA petitions were challenging their unlawful exclusion from the ballot papers by INEC, after having been validly-nominated by their party, in line with the Electoral Act.
They were praying the tribunal to nullify the election and order a fresh poll to be conducted within 90 days.
They demanded that validly-nominated candidates should be included in the new ballot papers.
He also alleged that the purported university degree, which Obaseki claimed was issued by UI, had no date on it.
The ADP candidate therefore argued that Obaseki was not qualified to run for the poll, adding that votes credited to him were null and void and of no effect and value.