The Appeal Court sitting in Benin City, on Friday validated the election of Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo State.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Ize Iyamu, had challenged All Progressives Congress (APC) Godwin Obaseki’s  election, alleging manipulation of the governorship election.

The president of the five-man panel, Justice Monica Dongba-Mensen held that the appeal lacked merit because the election could not be invalidated on mere allegation, that the judges at the tribunal allegedly compromised their duties.

However, Justice Dongba-Mensen dismissed claims that the PDP and its candidates were not given enough time to follow through their vote recount, which exceeded the 14 days allowed by law.

The five-man panel, therefore, threw out the appeal and validated the election of Mr Godwin Obaseki as governor of Edo state.

The Election Petition Tribunal had on Friday, April 14, 2017, upheld the election of Governor Obaseki, who was declared winner of the September 28, 2016 governorship election in Edo state.