The Edo State Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election of Senator Francis Alemikhena of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the Edo North Senatorial District election in Edo State.
Abubakar Momoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had approached the court to declare him winner of the election on the grounds that Alimikhena did not score majority of lawful votes, over voting and that Alimikhena was not qualified to contest the election as he did not have the requisite qualification.
He alleged that the election was fraught with irregularities and non-compliances with Electoral Act and therefore should be declared winner.
The tribunal, in its ruling read by Justice S. M. Kibo, held that the petitioner did not prove his petition beyond reasonable doubt and therefore dismissed the petition for lack of merit.
The tribunal, however, dismissed all the grounds of the petition as well as reliefs sought by the petitioner.
In another judgment, the tribunal threw out the petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Esan West/Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Patrick Idiake, for lack of merit.
Hon Joe Edionwele was declared winner of the election after which Idiake approached the tribunal to declare him winner since, according to him, the election did not hold in Unit Nine, Ward Nine of Esan West local government area and that the election of Edionwele was invalid by reason of non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
But, the three-man tribunal in a unanimous judgment, said the petitioners did not prove allegations of corrupt practices beyond reasonable doubts.
The tribunal averred that the evidences of the witnesses called by the petitioners were not credible and could not substantiate their claims.
The tribunal upheld that there were indications that the witnesses called by the petitioners were tutored and gave no details of action incidences.