AGENE GODWIN, Benin
There was uneasy calm in Edo state Thursday as news filtered in that the Edo State Governorship Election Tribunal headed by Justice Ahmed Badamasi would Friday deliver its ruling on the September 28, 2016 governorship election petition.
The winner of the election, Mr Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is being challenged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The tribunal had last week Monday received the written addresses from the counsels to the parties and also adopted them, after 166 days of legal fireworks over the conduct of the election.
It will be recalled that a total of 162 witnesses made up of 91 for the PDP and 71 for the APC were called.
However, no member of the two parties that spoke to GPN wanted to be quoted. They all, however, expressed optimism that their parties would be victorious, insisting that they have presented their positions adequately before the tribunal and would get favourable judgment.
Edo State Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, and the Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Nkombe, did not pick repeated calls Thursday from our Correspondent but a Police source said that all the Divisions within the Benin metropolis and other local governments outside Benin City have been mobilised to provide security around the court area and other parts of the state. “Several Police vans and personnel have been mobilised, the strike force, tactical unit and other units have also been alerted to be on ground to provide security. There will also be Police presence in strategic locations like the secretariat of the political parties and other locations. There will also be restriction of movement within the court area to forestall breakdown of law and order,” he said.