By Peterson Ibi/Benin
A former Commissioner of Finance in Edo State and five other candidates in the February 23 National Assembly election have filed petitions at the State Election Petitions Tribunal.
The six candidates comprise of three each from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
John Inegbedion, a former Commissioner for Finance under Governor Godwin Obaseki, is among the three candidates of the APC.
The aggrieved APC candidates who filed petitions for the House of Representatives election are Ehiozuwa Agbonyinma and Idiake Patrick.
Barr. Omosede Igbinedion and Blessing Agbomhere of the PDP have also filled their petitions.
They petitioners who alleged to have polled majority of lawful votes cast, are asking the tribunal to declare them winner of their various elections.
Those who filed petition for the senatorial election are Engr. Abubakar Momoh (PDP), for Edo North and Mr. John Inegbedion (APC), for Edo Central.
Agbonyinma who filled petition against Jude Ise-Idehen of the PDP, (Ikpoba-Okha/Egor federal Constituency), urged the tribunal to declare him winner of the election.
He said he wants to reclaim his mandate “that was stolen by some dubious characters in INEC in collaboration with some PDP leaders and security men and women.”
According to him, “I have always said the APC won the Presidential election for Mr. President and I won the election for Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Constituency which I contested for,” he said.
In his own petition, Agbomhere alleged that nobody in Estako Constituency voted for the APC in the elections.
He said he scored the highest votes cast.
“There was massive corrupt practices and thump printing of ballot papers by leadership of the APC. Nobody in Estako voted for the APC.
“I am asking the tribunal to declare me winner of the election,” Agbomhere said.
On his part, Engr. Momoh who contested against incumbent Senator Francis Alimikhena, insisted that he won the election.
He said he scored over 80,000 votes which has been the required numbers to win election in Edo North since 1999.
“I have the required votes anybody has gotten since 1999. I am asking the tribunal to expunge all the votes the APC allocated to themselves.
“Once you have votes up to 80,000 in Edo North, you have won. Whatever’s they have is a product of manipulation,” Momoh said.
Inegbedion who is challenging the election of Senator Clifford Ordia of the PDP in Edo Central, said he would prove malpractices and thump printing of ballot papers during the election.