The Edo State High Court sitting in Benin has disqualified the All Progressives Congress deputy governorship candidate in the September 19, 2020 election, Mr Audu Ganiyu.
While delivering judgment in Benin City on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the presiding Judge, Justice H.A Courage-Ogbebor said Mr Ganiyu presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission in his Form EC9.
This comes as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Sunday Kadiri Oshoakhemhe, had in a suit No: B/358/20 filed a case against the APC deputy governorship candidate and two others.
In his suit, Mr Kadiri said the APC deputy-governorship candidate allegedly gave false information in form EC 9 to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to aid his qualification.
Meanwhile, the Edo APC Media Campaign Council has reacted to the Court verdict, saying the Party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would appeal the ruling
In a statement issued shortly after the judgement, Chairman of the Party’s Campaign Council, Mr John Mayaki, said the governorship election remains subject of litigation over what he described as contended discrepancies in the academic credentials of the declared winner, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
He said: “I have already instructed my Counsel to appeal against the judgment, as I am convinced that the Court of Appeal will dispassionately consider the facts presented before the Court and arrive at a just decision in accordance with the law.”
Pastor Ize-Iyamu also described the ruling as “unfortunate and utterly wrong,” urging his supporters to remain calm and law-abiding, while expressing confidence that justice will prevail in the matter.