Appeal Court Affirms Amosun Election

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan on Thursday affirmed the judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal delivered on Oct. 23 in Abeokuta which upheld the victory of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun. T
The five-man panel of the Appeal Court headed by Justice H.M Ogunjimiju unanimously upheld Amosun’s victory and dismissed the appeal filed by Mr Adegboyega Isiaka of PDP.
Ogunjimiju held that Mr Benjamin Ibikunle, the Principal Witness for the appellant was not a credible witness, adding that his testimony could not be relied on by the court. She said that the evidence of PW9 was biased and could not be given any probative value because he informed the court that he was a member of PDP and could go to any length to ensure victory for his party.
The judge said that the report of the witness was inconsistent and that there was no doubt that he did not take part in the inspection of the electoral materials. Ogunjimiju said that the witness indicated to the court that he was not an expert while his testimony indicated an opinion of an expert
The panel said the court could not give any probative value to the testimony of the witness because he was not an expert. It said that only an expert opinion could be given probative value by the court, adding that the tribunal was right in dismissing the petition.
The panel said that there was no place that the number of voters exceeded the number of those accredited and that the election complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act. It said that the appeal lacked merit and dismissed it while declaring Amosun as the winner of the governorship election of April 11.
The petitioners in their arguments, claimed that elections in Obafemi- Owode, Odeda, Ewekoro, Ado-Odo/Ota, Remo North, Sagamu, Abeokuta North and South were marred by irregularities.
Isiaka disagreed with that judgment, and immediately headed to the Court of Appeal, which has now ruled against him.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja has asked Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to restore to restore three political parties that were deregistered in 2012.
The parties are – the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) and the Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP).
The presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, in his ruling said the parties were deregistered without getting fair hearing from INEC.
He also declared as unconstitutional, invalid, null and void, the provisions of section 78(7) (ii) of the Electoral Act 2010 which the commission relied on to deregister the parties.

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