The Edo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will today challenge the decision of the Election Petitions Tribunal on the recounting of the ballot papers used for the September 28 governorship election at the Court of Appeal.
The tribunal had refused the PDP more time to count the ballot papers from Akoko-Edo, Owan West, Owan East and Egor Local Government Areas used for the 2016 election.
In an interview on Monday, the state PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, said that since the tribunal gave the order for the ballot papers to be recounted, the time allotted should differ from the original period they were given to present their candidate.
Orbih said that the PDP is going to the Court of Appeal so that the remaining ballot papers can be counted and recorded by the tribunal.
He said: “We feel strongly that since the court ordered the recounting of the ballot papers, it was necessary for the court to see to the execution of that order that it gave.
“You will recall that they ordered the recounting of the ballot papers in the four local governments, but midway it was stopped and they entered the results of the area we had not counted”.
“Our legal team are of the view that that time ought not to be part of the presentation because what was being done was the execution of the order of the court.
“For us to dictum democracy and protect the decision, we felt that there was a legal action open to us to seek that prayer for the remaining ballot papers to be counted,” he said.
Orbih commended the PDP legal team for showing great interest and enthusiasm in pursuing the case to ensure that justice is done.