Former governor of Edo, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has commended the judgment delivered by the Election Petitions Tribunal on the Edo 2016 Governorship Election, affirming the election of Gov. Godwin Obaseki.
Oshiomhole who spoke to newsmen in Edo said the judiciary still remained the hope for common man.
“The judgment is sound and a testimony that the people of Edo never voted for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
‘‘The petition was a busy body one to distract the electorate; this was just like ‘Mama Akara’ judgment going to see over non-issue.’’
Oshiomhole further said that the judgment has shown that there were still men and women of good character in the judiciary.
‘‘This will serve as a deterrent to some people who can say whatever they like about the judiciary.
‘‘But it has shown it (judiciary) has men and women of good character, of courage and knowledge,’’ he said.
In a related development, the counsel to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Victor Ohiosunua, has appealed to PDP chieftains to support Obaseki to develop the state.
Ohiosunua made the call in in Benin after the Election Petitions Tribunal in Benin dismissed the petition filed by PDP candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, challenging Obaseki’s election.
“I want to appeal to the petitioners to joining hands with the governor to develop and carry the state to the next level.
‘‘The business of the governor is tedious and the few five months the present governor has spent in the office, shows his capability and focus to take Edo to the next level.
‘‘The logical order the tribunal made today is the right one for them to make.
‘‘We are happy that the votes and wishes of the Edo people who voted on Sept. 28, 2016 has been restored,” Ohiosunua said.
The Justice Ahmed Badamasi-led three-member Tribunal had dismissed the petitioners’ claims based on no credible evidence to prove their case.
The tribunal, therefore, upheld Obaseki’s victory in the governorship election of Sept. 28, 2016, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
On his part, Ken Muzia (SAN), counsel to Obaseki who also commended the tribunal’s judgment, said the tribunal did a proper review of the evidence.
“The tribunal has done a fantastic job, what we should be thinking of is the development of the state,” Muzia added.