Less than one week to expiration of the submission deadline for petitions against the conduct of the July 14 Edo governorship election, no party has contested the Action Congress of Nigeria’s victory.
Tribunal members, three weeks after their inauguration, have yet to receive a petition from any party.
This could be an indication that the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Charles Airhiavbere, and others who contested the election might have conceded defeat to Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
But some members of the PDP, including one of the aspirants that stepped down for Airhiavbere, have vowed to approach the tribunal to challenge Oshiomhole’s victory.
The former candidate, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that the PDP lawyers were expected to file the party’s petition on Tuesday.
He said, “We will go to court to challenge Oshiomhole’s election. One, on the grounds of impersonation; his primary school certificate does not bear the name Oshiomhole, it only had Aliu Adams.
“He did not go to school, and we can proove it. We have other grounds, which I cannot tell you here, but we are definitely going to challenge his (Oshiomhole’s) election.”
Secretary of the Election Petitions Tribunal in Benin, Josephine Aliyu, said, “The law permits 21 days for any opposition parties to file their petitions if not satisfied with the election results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.”