Edo Guber: Obaseki Floors Ize-Iyamu at Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State, on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, challenging the verdict of the election petitions tribunal which upheld Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory in last year governorship election in the state.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu and his party had filed 41 grounds of appeal to overturn the tribunal’s ruling.
The appellants urged the court to hold that the tribunal judges erred and truncated their right to fair hearing by the unequal treatment given to the cases of the parties, “by first finding fault, discrediting, disbelieving and dismissing their petition before considering at all and reviewing the testimonies of the respondents’ witnesses and, thus, occasioning a miscarriage of justice.”
But the court held that the tribunal should be commended for delivering a detailed judgment.
Two issues formulated by the court for determination were ruled against the PDP and Pastor Ize-Iyamu.