The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal of frustrating its right of appeal in the judgment delivered in the petition filed by Omosede Igbinedion against the election of Hon Dennis Idahosa.
The three-man panel of the tribunal sitting in Benin City, had in its judgment, dismissed Omosede’s petition for lacking in merit.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare, the party decried what it described as an unwarranted delay in the release of the Certified True Copy of the Enrolled Order of Judgement.
Nehikhare noted that the Omosede petition was the first the tribunal read and delivered its judgment about 10 days ago.
“It is a known fact that parties are allowed by law to go on the appeal within 21 days of judgment,” he said.
“But our right of appeal is being frustrated by the deliberate delay to avail us with copies of the judgment to enable us to file our appeal within time.
“We are informed that APC leaders have boasted that by the time we get certified copies of the judgment, our lawyers will not have time to file an appeal.
“They have admitted in certain quarters that they may lose at appeal even though they know that the tribunal tried in its 5-hour long judgment to justify its position.
“Edo PDP calls on the tribunal to immediately do the needful as it is common knowledge that copies of the judgment passed several days after the Omosede Igbinedion petition have been made available to the parties involved.
“The tribunal will be doing itself a great disservice if they allow APC to create the impression that in this particular case, they are taking instructions from outside.”
Reacting, the state Chairman of the Edo APC, Barr. Ansell Ojezua, denied allegations of party leaders having fears of losing at the appeal.
Ojezua said the APC had more judgment to file an appeal against more than the PDP.
He urged the PDP to know where to direct their complaints to.
“When did the APC become a member of the judiciary? We are also affected by the delay.”