Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
of Edo state got a reprieve
today when the Supreme
Court set aside the ruling
of the Appealate court
which upheld a petition filed
by the governorship
candidate of the Peoples’
Democratic Party, PDP, in
the last guber polls which
challenged the academic
qualification of the state
Delivering the lead judgement, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour
said the appellate court erred in its ruling since the
petitioner did not make the issue of qualification a ground in
his petition before the tribunal.
He also added that it was a blunder on the part of the
petitioner not to make the issue of qualification a ground for
challenging the election of Governor Oshiomhole rather than
smuggling it through the back door.
The Judge noted that since a petitioner is bound by his
petition, there is no ground on which the petition will stand
and as such the ruling of the Appeal Court was struck out
and the ruling of the tribunal upheld.
Howeverr, in a ruling which might sound as consolation to the
defeated PDP candidate in the polls, Major General Charles
Airhiavbere (rtd), the court ordered the tribunal to hear
paragraph 30 of the petition which sought to disqualify votes
in five out of the 18 local government areas in Edo state as a
result of alleged electoral malpractice and corruption
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