Edo Guber: Appeal Court Throws Out YDP’s Case
The Court of Appeal, sitting in Benin, Wednesday dashed the hope of the Young Democratic Party (YDP) and its governorship candidate, Nurudeen Inwanfero, by upturning the judgement of the Edo State Election Petition Tribunal given on December 8, 2016.
Following the dismissal of their petition against the declaration of Mr. Godwin Obaseki, as winner of the September 28 gubernatorial election in the State, the Petitioners had approached the appellate court, seeking to upturn the judgement.
Barrister Santos Femi Owootori, Counsel to the 3rd Respondent, (Mr. Godwin Obaseki), however filed a counter motion against the appeal.
He hinged his application on the grounds that the appellants/respondents filed their notice and grounds of appeal at the lower tribunal on 20/12/2016 without complying at the time of the filing, with paragraph 7(a) of the Election Tribunal and Court Practice Direction 2011 in respect of fulfilement of conditions of appeal.
Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the 11-paragraph affidavit in support of motion for dismissal, reads:
“That I know as a fact that the appealants have 10 days from the date of filing of their Notice of Appeal withing which to ensure that the records of proceedings/Appeal are compiled and transmitted/served on all parties too his appeal.
“That as at 3/01/2017, the Appellants/Respondents are yet to fulfil the conditions of appeal statutorily imposed to enable the compilation and service of the records of proceedings/Appeal in this appeal. Payment of requisite fees for the compilation and service of the records of appeal was not done contemporaneously with the filing of the Notice of Appeal.”
After hearing argument from counsel to the 3rd respondent (Mr. Godwin Obaseki) the Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice J. O. Bada, dismised the appeal of the YDP and its governorship candidate, against the decision of the election petition tribunal.
Other members of the three-man panel of judges who concurred with the lead judgement are Justices P. M. Ekpe and M. N. Oniyangi.