Edo 2020: Court disqualifies Ize-Iyamu running mate, Audu

Edo 2020: Court disqualifies Ize-Iyamu running mate, Audu

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Edo State High court sitting in Benin has nullified the Candidacy of Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy-Governorship Candidate in the September 19, 2020 election in the State, Mr. Gani Audu.

The court in a landmark judgement that was delivered on Wednesday held that Mr. Audu, former member of the State house of Assembly, presented false information in form EC9 to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kadiri Oshoakhemhe from Ogbona Ward, in Etsako West Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State, had in a suit No: B/358/20 filed a case against the APC deputy governorship Candidate and two others.

Delivering judgment on Wednesday, the presiding judge, Justice H.A Courage-Ogbebor, said that Ganiyu presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission in his Form EC9.

The plaintiff had asked the court to disqualify the Candidate for deputy Governor, Gani from participating in the election on account of having allegedly given false information to the electoral commission to aid his qualification for the election.

He had prayed the court to annul the Candidacy of Ize-Iyamu as the APC candidate for Governor on account of running with an unqualified Candidate for deputy Governor.

The development has sparked jubilation among PDP supporters while some members of the opposition of the main opposition party in the State, described the judgement as an exercise in futility.

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Recall that INEC declared Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Candidate of Peoples Democratic party (PDP) as winner the election for securing the highest number of valid votes ahead of his first runner up and the Candidate of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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