The Court of Appeal has set aside the judgment of the Edo State High Court disqualifying Gani Audu and Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu.
The appellate court ruled that there is no evidence of credentials forgery on the part of Gani Audu. The court further held that the matter is statute barred as it was filed outside the 14 days constitutional threshold. Accordingly, the claim at the High Court was dismissed.
Last year, a High Court of Benin had disqualified the candidature of Pastor Ize-Iyamu and his running mate, Gani Audu, in the September 19, 2020, governorship election in the state.
Mr Ize-Iyamu was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the election.
The court, presided by Hon. Justice Courage Ogbebor, held that the APC deputy governorship candidate was not qualified to contest the election as a result of discrepancies in the names in his documents that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Form EC9.