The order of the Federal High Court in Edo on Monday, June 8, that restrained the All Progressives Congress in the state from going ahead with the primary election that will determine a gubernatorial candidate was timely.
Anyone who has been conversant with the intriguing politics of the ruling party in the state ahead of the much-awaited governorship poll does not need to look far away to understand why this is so.
The tension, drama and apprehension associated with the processes leading to the d-day have been a recipe for serious concern among political analysts in the country.
In fact, the national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu, had raised an alarm that the possibility of insecurity issues can ruin the smooth conduct of the elections in Edo and Ondo.
The stage has already been set for a breath-taking struggle between the camp of Governor Godwin Obaseki and a bastion in the party to which Osagie Ize-Iyamu and a former deputy governor of the state, Pius Odubu, belong.
Both Ize-Iyamu and Odubu belong to a faction that is allegedly loyal to the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Thus, when the court gave its order to halt the primary poll which had been slated for Monday, June 22, the fears were a bit doused and many persons breathed a sigh of momentary relief.
The order of the court read by Justice M. G. Umar came after two top members of the party, Kenneth O. Asekomhe and Mathew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen, filed a suit seeking the exercise to be put on hold.
The application has as its defendants INEC and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Adamu.
Granting the prayer, the court, therefore, ruled that the primary will be stalled until a determination of the suit fixed for Thursday, June 11.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the court in Benin City on Monday, June 8, granted an order restraining the APC and Oshiomhole from conducting any primary election in the state.
This is pending the determination of the suit on Thursday ahead of the Edo state governorship election.
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