BY SIMON EBEGBULEM & GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN- Hearing in the petition by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the July 14 governorship election in Edo State, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, commenced, yesterday, before the state election petition tribunal sitting in Benin City.
Meanwhile, the tribunal, has adjourned till today, to rule on the preliminary objection by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, through his counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear and determine the petition.
Gen. Airhiavbere is, in the petition, challenging Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declaration of Oshiomhole as the winner of the governorship election in the state.
Olanipekun urged the tribunal to strike out the petition for lack of competence and jurisdiction, arguing that only the Federal High Court has the jurisdiction to hear the case since it has to do with forgery and educational qualification of Oshiomhole.