By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—National/States Election Tribunal sitting in Benin, Edo State, weekend, dis-missed the petition by Mr. Philip Itsede of Labour Party, LP, challenging the declaration of Mr. Philip Shaibu of Action Con-gress of Nigeria, ACN, by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the winner of Etsako-West 11 April 26 state assembly election.
Itsede had, in his petition, argued that Shaibu, at the time of the election, did not have the requisite educational qualification to contest the election.
He also alleged that Shaibu, in his INEC Form and supporting affidavit, gave false information about his educational qualifications, adding that Shaibu was being investigated and had been charged before a Federal High Court, Benin for perjury.
The tribunal, in its judgment, held that Itsede failed to prove that Shaibu did not attend the schools he claimed he attended.