Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Tribunal strikes off PDP ‘s name from petition against Oshiomhole

04 September 2012, 16:06

Edo - The Edo Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday struck off the name of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  from a petition filed by its governorship candidate retired Maj-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere.

Airhiavbere, in his petition had named the PDP as the second petitioner challenging the emergence of Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress Party of Nigeria (ACN) as governor in the July 14 governorship election.

Joined as co-respondents /defendants in the suit are Oshiomhole; ACN; Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); the Resident Electoral Officer and the INEC returning officer.

Counsel to the PDP Kingsley Obamoge, after announcing his appearance, informed the tribunal that his client wished that its name be struck off from the petition as second respondent petitioner.

Obamoge said that he had therefore filed a notice before the tribunal requesting the tribunal to strike off PDP’s name from the petition.

The Chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Suleman Ambrusa, granted the application since the counsel did not oppose the application.

Ambrusa had earlier in his opening address, appealed to all the counsel in the case to avoid filing frivolous applications that could bog down the pace of the proceeding.

He said that the tribunal was ready to listen to all the parties, but urged the counsel to ensure that they filed all relevant applications and papers before the tribunal.

`` When we start, there will be no adjournment and we hope to conclude the case within the stipulated time frame prescribed by the Electoral Act.

``Please try and file all the necessary papers as we have all agreed to play by the rules, we will let you know when the conference will begin,’’ the chairman said.

Airhiavbere in the petition said the process would deepen democracy.

The petitioner said that he was contesting the outcome of the election alleging that Oshiomhole did not possess the minimum qualification and that the Modern School as presented by him (Oshiomhole) to INEC was fake.

He further alleged that INEC did not conduct the election in compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2012 (as amended).



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...