- A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has barred the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting elections into 14 vacant seats in Edo House of Assembly
- Justice Ahmed Mohammed says the decision of the court is pending the determination of a substantive suit against the headship of the Assembly
- The suit was filed by 14 lawmakers-elect yet to be inaugurated
As the battle for the soul of Edo continues between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, a court has barred the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting by-election into 14 vacant seats at the state’s House of Assembly.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed said fresh elections cannot be conducted to fill the 14 seats which were already won by yet-to-be inaugurated persons.
The court said its decision, in the case instituted by the lawmakers-elect, is pending the determination of a substantive suit against the leadership of the Assembly.
The lawmakers-elect, who instituted the case, include Victor Edoro, Washington Osifo, Vincent Uwadiae, Kingsley Ugabi, Michael Ohio-Ezomo, Sunday Aghedo and Chris Okaeben.
Channels Television names the others as Crosby Eribo, Aliyu Oshiomhole, Oshomah Ahmed, Ganiyu Audu, Ugiagbe Dumez, Uyi Ekhosuehi and Eric Okaka.
The respondents in the suit filed on December 10, 2019, include Speaker Frank Okiye and INEC.
The court ordered that the parties in the suit should hold action pending the determination of the motion before it.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Oshiomhole’s ward 10, Etsako West local government area in the state, recently endorsed Governor Obaseki’s re-election bid in what analysts thought is a tactical political move against the APC national chairman.
Vanguard reports that the leaders gave their endorsement during a visit to the governor at Government House, in Benin city, on Monday, January 5.
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