By Abiola Olawale
A court of Appeal sitting in Benin, Edo State has dismissed the judgement of the Edo State High Court, which disqualified Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and his running mate, Alhaji Gani Audu, who both contested in the 2020 gubernatorial election of Edo State under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Edo High Court had nullified the candidacy of Ize-Iyamu and Audu, on the grounds of some discrepancies in the documents submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), ahead of the September 19, 2020 governorship election of Edo State.
However, a three-member panel of the court has set aside the judgment of the Edo High Court.
Justice O.F. Omoleye; Justice B.A. Georgewill and Justice O.E. Oho of the court of Appeal in Benin City jointly declared that there was no evidence of credentials’ forgery on the part of Audu.
The suit was also declared statute-barred due to the fact that it was filed outside the 14-day constitutional threshold, thereby up holding the appeal of Ize-Iyamu and Audu.