Edo election petition tribunal begins sitting amidst tight security

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin

There was heavy presence of security personnel who were deployed to the premises of the Edo State High Court where the State Election Petition tribunal is sitting along Sapele Road in Benin City.

To avert a clash of policial parties supporters, roads leading to the court were cordoned off.

The tribunal was scheduled to hear applications filed against the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the All Progressive Congress by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Peoples Democratic Party.

At the resumed hearing of the petition on Wednesday, vehicles were allowed to ply one way along the dualised Sapele Road.

At the last tribunal sitting, thugs loyal to both the PDP and the APC stormed the tribunal premises and it resulted a clash which left about three persons injured.

The heavy security presence prevented suspected thugs from gaining access to the tribunal premises.

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