Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has hailed the ruling of the Edo 2020 Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which dismissed four petitions challenging his victory in the September 19, 2020 polls.
The New Diplomat had reported that the tribunal had on Monday dismissed a petition filed by the Action Democratic Party (ADP), against Obaseki re-election in the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The petitioners had contended the outcome of the election on the basis that Obaseki presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the purpose of the election.
In a unanimous judgement read by Justice Suleiman Abubakar, the tribunal held that the 3rd Respondent (Godwin Obaseki), did not present either false or forged documents to the 1st Respondent (INEC).
In a statement personally signed by Obaseki, the Governor saluted the tribunal for upholding the judiciary principle of fairness and justice in its judgment.
According to him, “We are happy with the verdict of the Edo 2020 Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which dismissed all four petitions challenging our victory in the September 19, 2020 polls.
“With the judgement of the Tribunal today, we are once again reassured of the impartiality of the judiciary, as they continue to uphold the ethos of equity and the rule of law. We thank the judiciary for standing for truth.”
He continued: The petitions against our victory at the election were clearly motivated by greed, malice and a quest to undo a fair and just process, deploying despicable means aimed at thwarting the wishes of Edo people.
“This victory is a victory for Edo People who have always believed in us.
“We thank the good people of Edo State for believing in us always. We also appreciate our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, for the unwavering commitment to the development of Edo State. We also appreciate our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, for the unwavering commitment to the development of Edo State.
“I would also like to thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for ensuring an impartial judiciary to uphold the wishes of the people.” Obaseki said.