By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE protracted legal battle over who is the duly elected Chairman of Egor Local Government Area of Edo State was laid to rest last Monday by the Supreme Court, as the 5-man panel of judges unanimously declared Mr Crosby Eribo the duly elected chairman of the council.
It would be recalled that Mr Ehi Egharevba, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had gone to the Supreme Court after his appeal before the Justice Rowland Amaize-led Local Government Appeal Tribunal failed to declare him the duly elected chairman of the council.
The legal battle started in 2008 when Mr Eribo, who was the validly nominated candidate of the PDP for the chairmanship election in Egor, was unlawfully excluded from contesting the election and his name subsequently replaced by that of Egharevba.
Consequently, Eribo ran to the Local Government Council Election Tribunal and was eventually declared the authentic candidate of the PDP by the court. Not satisfied with the judgment, Egharevba appealed before the Justice Amaize-led Appeal Tribunal, but the Appellate court upheld the ruling of the lower tribunal which declared Eribo the authentic chairman of the council.
However, Egharevba went to the Supreme Court to contest the judgment.
The Supreme Court, in its judgment, concurred with the judgments of both the Local Government Election Petition Tribunal and the Local Government Appeal Tribunal.