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No fewer than 5 political parties and their candidates have challenged the victory of Godwin Obaseki at the 19th of September Edo state gubernatorial election in the election petitions tribunal.

The Secretary of the Edo State Governorship election petitions tribunal, Mr Sunday Martins, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday.

He disclosed that the 21-day window period for the submission of petitions ended on Saturday.

He, however, said that the bailiff had not succeeded in his efforts to personally serve Obaseki the court notice stating that the governor “must be served personally because it is an originating process”.

The political parties and their candidates included the Action Peoples Party (APP), Action Alliance (AA), Mr Ukonga Frank, Allied Peoples’ Movement, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Mr Agol Ebun, and Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr Iboi Emmanuel.

All the petitions have Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as respondents.

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The petitions of APP and AA were challenging their unlawful exclusion from the ballot papers by INEC, after having been validly-nominated by their party, in line with the Electoral Act.

They demanded that the tribunal nullify the election and order a fresh poll to be conducted within 90 days.

On its part, ADP is challenging the eligibility of Obaseki to contest the polls alleging that the governor falsified his first degree in contravention of the electoral act.

They alleged in their petition that Tamuno, who was the VC of UI, from December 1975 to November 1979, could not have signed the certificate Obaseki allegedly presented to the APC for screening in 2016 .

The ADP also alleged that the purported university degree, which Obaseki claimed was issued by UI, had no date on it.

They, therefore, argued that Obaseki was not qualified to run for the poll, adding that votes credited to him were null and void and of no effect and value.

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