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Edo election: Court Annuls Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Gani Audu’s APC Candidacy – Lawyard


An Edo State High Court sitting in Benin, has nullified the candidacy of the Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), within the September 19, 2020 governorship election within the State, Mr. Gani Audu.

The courtroom presided over by Justice Courage Ogbebor, by extension, additionally nullified the candidacy of the get together’s governorship candidate for the election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Audu is a former member of the State House of Assembly.

The Plaintiff, Sunday Kadiri, from Ogbona ward, in Etsako West Local Government Area of the State, had requested the courtroom to disqualify Audu from taking part within the election on account of getting given false data to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to help his qualification for the election.

Kadiri additional prayed the courtroom to annul the candidacy of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, because the governorship candidate of the get together, on account of operating with an unqualified candidate for Deputy Governor.

In his judgment, Justice Ogbebor, held that the defendant introduced false data to INEC in his Form EC9 to allow him contest the mentioned election.

He, subsequently, nullified the ticket of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu, because the get together’s governorship and Deputy governorship candidates respectively, within the September 19, 2020 election.

Meanwhile, Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the APC within the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, has vowed to appeal the judgement.

Ize-Iyamu disclosed this in an announcement he personally signed on Wednesday, and made obtainable to journalists in Benin.

He described the judgement as unlucky and completely mistaken.

“I have received the news of the judgement delivered today 6th day of January, 2021 by the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City, disqualifying me and my running mate, Hon Gani Audu from contesting the gubernatorial election held in Edo State on 19th September, 2020.

“This judgement to say the least is unfortunate and utterly wrong.

“I have already instructed my counsel to appeal against the judgement, as I am convinced that the Court of Appeal will dispassionately consider the facts presented before the court and arrive at a just decision in accordance with the law,” Ize-Iyamu mentioned.

The APC governorship candidate urged all his teeming supporters to stay calm and legislation abiding, noting that “justice will surely prevail in this matter to the glory of our God”.


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