- Governor Godwin Obaseki now has a free way to take part in the forthcoming PDP governorship primary in Edo
- This came after a high court in Edo affirmed that Obaseki and other aspirants who have been cleared for the poll are free to take part in it
- The court also restrained INEC and the PDP in the state from stopping the governor to go ahead in the election
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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo and other aspirants who intend to contest in the forthcoming primary election have been cleared to take part in the exercise.
Governor Obaseki alongside others were cleared by an Edo state high court on Tuesday, June 23, AIT reports.
The ruling was read by Justice J. O. Okeaya-Inneh who restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from stopping all aspirants who have been cleared to take part in the poll.
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Justice Okeaya-Inneh said: “I find in my humble view that the applicants have satisfied the guidelines for the grant of the orders sought as enjoined in the celebrated landmark case of Kotoye v CBN (1989), 1 NWLR PT. 98, 419 at 441.”
This verdict by the court came after a suit was filed by Felix Irioh and Tom Irehobhude.
Defendants in the suit include INEC, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi, the PDP, Andy Ikhajiangbe and Peter Akhimien.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that three chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge Governor Obaseki over alleged certificate forgery.
Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu, filed an originating summons alleging that the Bachelor of Arts (B.A) certificate in Classical Studies obtained by Obaseki from the University of Ibadan was forged.
Legit.ng gathered that they also alleged that the forgery of the certificate is contrary to section 182(1)(i) of the constitution of Nigeria “and therefore not qualified to run or seek the office of the Governor of Edo state” under the APC in the September 19 election.
Governor Obaseki had, however, described the suit as frivolous and irrelevant.
His counsel, Alex Ejesieme (SAN), said his defence team is preparing the reply to challenge the action in court next week.
This came after the Edo state chapter of the APC sued the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole and National Working Committee (NWC) of the party over a waiver granted to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a governorship aspirant of the party.
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