Thursday, March 20, 2008

Oshiomhole declared winner of Edo guber polls

The Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal has declared the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Adams Oshiomole, winner of the April 14, 2007 election in the state. Head of the tribunal, Justice Peter Umeadi who read the judgment ruled that Oshiomhole, who contested under the banner of the Action Congress won majority of the votes.Umeadi said that the Oshiomhole scored a total of 166, 577 votes to Osunbor's 129, 117. Osunbor's lead attorney, Dr. Alex Iziyon said his client will appeal the verdict. Oshiomhole had challenged the victory of Professor Oserheimen Osunbor at the Tribunal. Oshiomole is contesting the declaration of results in the two disputed councils of Akoko-Edo and Etsako Central after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer for the state had said on air that there was no election there. The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Olabanji Orilonishe, retired from the Bench 24 days ago, after attaining the mandatory age of 65.A new chairman, Justice Peter Umeadi, who until then was a member, was appointed to head the election petitions tribunal.

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