EDO State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin City, yesterday dismissed the petition by Mr. Samson Osagie of All Progressives Congress, APC, challenging the election of Senator Matthew Urhoghide of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the representative of Edo South senatorial district.
The tribunal dismissed the petition on the grounds of incompetence.
The tribunal, in its ruling delivered by Justice Raymond Ozoemena, held that the petition lacked merit as it was not signed by lead counsel to the petitioners, Samson Osagie, APC, or any of their counsels.
The tribunal ruled that the petition which was not in compliance with the law, be struck out for lack of competence.
Counsel to the respondent, Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN), who commended the ruling, described it as victory for the rule of law, while counsel to Mr. Osagie, Mr. Osaro Osemwengie, said the ruling was a somersault of justice.
Reacting to the ruling, Edo State PDP, through its Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, said: “PDP wishes to thank all Edo people for their support during the last election and assure them that a mandate given to us will be vigorously defended at all times and won’t be taken for granted. We implore Edo people to remain patient in the face of the obnoxious policies of this government in the areas of taxation, harsh and uncivilized treatment of civil servants, pensioners, teachers, traders, market women and businesses in general.”