Edo State Boils As Obaseki Faces Disqualification

By Sanni Muhammed September 6, 2016 18:41

Edo State Boils As Obaseki Faces Disqualification

The camp of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, may be facing stumbling blocks, ahead of Saturdays Governorship election, as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State, has asked a court to disqualify Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the APC, from contesting the election.

The PDP, alleged that the APC Candidate made false claims, and provided fabricated information on oath, to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The Edo State Chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih, stated this on Tuesday, September 6, at a Press Conference in Benin City.

He called on voters in the State, not to “waste their votes for the APC, because the party has no candidate for the election.”

Obaseki and INEC were joined in the suit, No. FHC/B/CO/120/16, dated September 1, and filed by Joseph Aghimien, on behalf of the PDP and its Legal Adviser, Edoba Omoregie.

According to Orbih, the PDP asked the Federal High Court in Benin for a declaration that Obaseki’s statement that he graduated from the University of Ibadan with a B.A in Classical Studies in 1976, was false.

He said the APC candidate, made the statement under oath on INEC form CF001, Part B, paragraph C, dated July 11.

“In addition, the party is asking for a declaration disqualifying Obaseki from contesting the Edo State governorship election, scheduled for September 10, 2016, on grounds that he submitted false information on oath to the INEC on Form CF001 (and) therefore, lied under other,” he said.

“In all, Obaseki has failed to fulfill the requirements of the Constitution, which in Section 182 (I) (h), specifies the qualifications a person must have to contest the governorship of a State,” he said.

Responding to the PDP’s litigation, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in Edo State, Godwin Erhahon, described the action, as a move by a desperate and helpless party, seeking to truncate the expected victory of the APC candidate.

“They have a right to go to court, but they are not the ones to give the verdict.

“The PDP went to court, and they are already out with the verdict that our candidate will be disqualified.

“That is prejudicial and contempt of the court”, Erhahon said.