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Edo Guber: Declare Me Winner – Pastor Ize-Iyamu Tells Tribunal


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the last September 28 governorship election in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Monday told the three-man panel of the election petition tribunal sitting in Benin-City to declare him winner of the election.
PDP and its governorship candidate are challenging the declaration of Governor Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the election by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Iyamu told the tribunal to declare him winner while testifying as a first witness to the petitioners in the election.
The petitioners commenced the calling of witnesses to testify before the tribunal to prove their case, Monday, after tendering of several documents as evidences which the tribunal admitted as exhibits.
Yusuf Ali (SAN) lead counsel to PDP led the petitioner and Anthony Omeiza Lawani, ward one collation officer for PDP in Akoko- Edo Local Government Area.
Two of the witnesses have so far testified before the tribunal .
The petitioner prayer to declare him winner was sequel to a question put to him by the party’s lead counsel on what he wants the tribunal to do for him.
He answered that “I want the tribunal to declare me winner of the election having scored the majority of lawful votes in the election”.
Also responding to INEC counsel, Onyinye Anumonye’s question, the PDP governorship candidate said there are 2,629 polling units in Edo State.
He added that he was not challenging all the polling units result where the state Governor Godwin Obaseki was declared winner by INEC neither those his party won.
He explained that he does not know the number of polling units that Governor Godwin Obaseki was declared winner.
He further told the court that his deposition statement and the petition was based on documentary evidence as contained in the voters’ registers, result sheets as given to the party by INEC pursuant to the tribunal order.
Ize-Iyamu who gave his identity as Lawyer, Pastor and a politician opined that the crux of the petition was 100 percent of what he saw in the voters’ register and other electoral materials used for the election.
“The information contained in my deposition was principally based on the observation of the result sheets and the voters’ registers as given to the party by INEC”, he said.
He also added that because he was not an INEC official he did not prepare or sign any of the electoral materials tendered before the court.
The governorship candidate further disagreed that his tabulation of the calculation of the supposed actual results of the election was done because of his knowledge of arithmetic just as he said he has never testified in any electoral matter before nor has special training on analysis of electoral results.
He added that INEC manual for the election was already admitted as exhibit by the court.

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