Brandnewsday reports that Governor Obaseki, who defected from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) after he was disqualified by the party’s screening committee from contesting in their own primaries, has also been disqualified from contesting in PDP Governorship primaries on Tuesday, June 23.
Edo State Governor restriction from contesting came after Governor Nyesom Wike distanced himself from the party parley, saying if PDP is not careful with Edo, the crisis in APC would be child’s play compared to that of the PDP.
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Justice E.A Obile who presided over the motion exparte filed by a PDP Governorship aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, on June 22, gave the order 24 hours later.
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Obile said, “That order of interim injunction is granted restraining INEC from further recognising or accepting Obaseki or any other person as candidate of the PDP other than those name of the plaintiff or that of other applicants, who have already purchased nomination forms and were screened within the time stipulated in the PDP’s timetable for the nomination process for the 2020 governorship election in Edo State.”
This online news medium understands that Ogbeide Ihama filed that the court restrains the PDP and its officials from allowing Obaseki, any member or non-member but those who purchased the Governorship forms at the stated date on the party’s official time-table before the primaries were scheduled for June 25.
The defendants in the suit included Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDP, Governor Godwin Obaseki, the PDP national chairman Prince Uche Secondus, Emmanuel Ogidi, Chief Debekeme Boyleyefa, Senator James Manager and Ajibola Muraina.
The case was adjourned to June 24.