Obaseki Edo State governor happy with the Court of Appeal's verdict on his electoral victory

Obaseki and his immediate predecessor, Oshiomhole, are both happy with the verdict which states that he won the election square and fair.

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Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reacted to the Friday’s verdict of the Court of Appeal concerning his state’s governorship election on September 28, 2016.

According to The Nation, the governor is happy with the verdict because it proves that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot deny the truth that he won the election square and fair.

He said, “I had no doubt in my mind that given the quality judiciary we had, it would go straight to the matter."

“One thing you must always know is that the truth never changes. I won the election. God has affirmed that I won the election. The court has now affirmed that I won the election.

“No matter how hard they (opposition) try, they cannot change the truth. I am sure they will appeal."

"We will meet at the Supreme Court and it will be the same verdict," he added.

Obaseki also thanked the people of his state for their patience while making promises.

I thank Edo people for their patience with us. We want to assure them that we are not distracted and we will continue on our path to recovery, on our path to progress?.

“We have done a little bit of work. I know that people are pleased with what we have done. But I want to assure them that it is only the beginning.

I want to assure them that with the continued support we are receiving from Edo people, we will put in everything we have to make sure that Edo State becomes the state that it should be," he said.

Obaseki’s immediate predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has also reacted to the court's verdict.

He also warned the PDP that its rigging machine had no place in the state.

When I said that PDP petition was like the petition filed by Mama Akara, they tried to twist it. Now, if you listen to the judgment, you will see that the Court of Appeal even has more harsh words for them; that the findings of the tribunal were unassailable so they did not have to beat around the bush.

“This is clear and I just hope that the PDP can understand that their rigging machine that was dismantled in 2007, they cannot return it and our people can never welcome them back," he said.

Moving on, Oshiomole gave some advice to the current state governor.

He said, “I think it is now for Godwin (Obaseki) to concentrate fully. Happily, he is doing very well. And now with this clarity of his position, we have no doubt that he won the election. Even if the PDP wants to go to the World Court we are ready.

“But the government will not be distracted and Edo people can be reassured that they voted wisely and they are getting the dividends of democracy that they voted for.

“I am excited. The only thing is that we have to review the rules of the court in a manner that when a man has no case and files a fictitious petition, he should be asked to pay for the time wasted by the judges and others, so that we will have penalties for frivolities.

“Like I said, he who dies in sin can never resurrect. The PDP died in sin."

The Court of Appeal came to it's decision after counsels to both parties had argued their cases on May 30, 2017.

After everything, the court, which held in Benin, ruled that the PDP had no case for the nullification of the election or the declaration of Ize-Iyamu as the winner.

The court, led by Hon. Justice Dongban-Mensen, commended the Justice Ahmed Badamasi-led tribunal for a job well done in the proper evaluation of all the witnesses’ evidence and ascribing “probative value” to it.

Obaseki, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared as the governor of Edo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2016.

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