Edo PDP protests verdict of State Election Tribunal – Urges NJC to investigate judgment
Edo State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate a judgment delivered on by the state Local Government Election Appeal Tribunal.
The tribunal at the weekend in Benin validated the election of Hon Sam Oboh, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the controversial chairmanship election for Esan North East Local Government Area.
The state PDP chairman, Chief Dan Orbih told a rally welcoming APC defectees at Igarra, headquarters of Akoko Edo Local Government Area, that PDP's greatest worry was the politicisation of the judiciary by the Edo State government.
Orbih described the bench in Edo State as sick, and urged the National Judicial Council (NJC) to quickly intervene before the institution completely collapses.
He aligned with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in condemning the appointment of judges by the state government as commissioned agents by the state government in tax collection.
Orbih argued that the bad blood between PDP and Justice J. I. Acha and O. Edigin, which stemmed from allegations of corruption against the judges was sufficient to disqualify them from sitting on the matter.
The PDP chairman assured the party faithful that the ranks of the Adams Oshiomhole-led APC government was set to deplete to a point where he would be left with only a handful of supporters largely made up of political appointees..