Edo State election petition tribunal sitting in Benin on Tuesday granted motion exparte to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu to inspect all materials used in the conduct of the last September 28 governorship election in the state.
The three-man panel of judges headed by Justice A.T Badamasi granted the PDP and its candidate the motion to inspect the electoral materials.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had last September 29, 2016 declared Godwin Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election with over 300,000 votes to defeat his PDP opponent who polled a total of over 250,000 votes.
Kingsley Obamogie, counsel to the petitioners said the application was in line with section 151 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
Obamogie averred that the section empowered the petitioners to institute motion exparte to pray the tribunal to inspect all the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s materials used for the election.
The tribunal judges after studying the petitioners’ motion ordered INEC to make available all the electoral materials used for the conduct of the election to the petitioners.
Though, the tribunal was yet to be officially inaugurated, an official of the court said it can only be inaugurated only when petitions have been filed by aggrieved parties and their candidates that participated in the governorship election.
He noted that aggrieved parties have 21 days within which to file petitions.However, there was a heavy presence of security personnel within and outside the court premises possibly to forestall any unforeseen circumstance within the court.
By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City