The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, chaired by Justice A.R. Ozoemena, sitting in Benin City upheld the election of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for Orhionmwon /Uhunwode Federal Constituency, Hon. Patrick Aisowieren in the March 28, April 11, 2015 National Assembly election.
This was after it struck out the petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Larry Ogieva for lack of merit.
The panel, which took time to analyse the arguments adduced by counsels to both parties, faulted the joint petition filed by the PDP and its candidate, asserting that the failure by the PDP to sign the petition filed before the Tribunal was a clear negation of the Electoral Act.
Justice Ozoemena therefore declared that “as it seems there is no petition before the Tribunal since there was no attempt by the PDP or its agents to sign on behalf of the party. The petition lacks merit and therefore struck out in its entirety”.
Counsel to Patrick Aisowieren and the APC, Ken Mozia (SAN), described the ruling as a victory for democracy, noting that “the panel were meticulous in their judgment and you can see that.”
The tribunal verdict was delivered in the open as storms that accompanied the consistent rains that ravaged the ancient city of Benin in the past three days blew off the roof of the Court of Appeal, Benin, venue of the sitting of the Tribunal.
Nigerian Pilot observed that the roofing sheets and ceiling boards of the court was removed by the rainstorm even as sittings had to be relocated yesterday to safer buildings within the premises that were not affected.


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