Counsel to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) has urged the Edo Election Petition tribunal sitting in Benin City to dismiss the petition because PDP fielded one person or the election, and different person for the election tribunal.
He noted that there was some discrepancy in the person who contested in the election and the person petitioning the election in court. Pastor, Osagie Ize-Iyamu contested for the election, but Pastor Andrew Ize-Iyamu appeared before the court.
He said, “My Lords, why are we here? Who is the petitioner? What is his identity? The name? Who is he? My Lords, in purview of these and in the petition before your Lordships, we have Pastor Ize-Iyamu Andrew. We have identified and submitted to your Lordships that that is not the name of the person sponsored by the political party to contest election on her behalf.
They have filed a reply and they have compounded the matter beyond redemption in the reply by adding another name known as Osagie.
Meanwhile counsel to the petitioners, Yusuf Ali (SAN), not sure how to defend the argument, proceeded weakly by asking Chief Dan Orbih of the PDP and Pastor Ize-Iyamu to stand up. He then pointed out to the court that since they were there together, they knew each other.
He was soon chastised that the law profession is a disciplined one and that things were to take proper procedures.
Olanipekun (SAN) said, “We have given authorities on Supreme Court decisions to the effect that if you are JT or DT, you cannot say you are TJ because they do not point to the same person or the same direction. It dovetails to the locus standi of the 1st petitioner to come before your Lordships because there must be sanctity of the person, who is the petitioner and we say for now, there is no sanctity”.