- The PDP has filed a complaint against Justice Emmanuel Obile of the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court
- The party faulted the judge for reportedly granting an order restraining Governor Obaseki from participating in the Edo PDP primary
- The petition was addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad
The PDP has filed a complaint against Justice Emmanuel Obile of the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court.
The party filed the complaint against the judge for reportedly granting an order restraining Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in the Edo PDP governorship primary, The Nation reported
In a petition dated June 23, and addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, the party argued that Justice Obile erred in granting the order.
The PDP pointed out that the subject matter of the suit is the party’s governorship primary election in Edo state.
According to the party, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, one of the PDP aspirants who filed the court action resides in Edo state and the person (Obaseki) who the suit was filed against also resides in Edo.
The party further pointed out that the subject matter of the litigation was also in Edo state and thus saw no reason why the Federal High Court Port Harcourt should assume jurisdiction for the matter when the issue was under the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in Benin City.
The PDP demanded that Justice Obile be disciplined for being involved in the Edo political conflict.
In another report, a frontline aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, Gideon Ikhine, has stepped down from the governorship primaries for Governor Godwin Obaseki. Ikhine, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), announced his decision on Monday, June 22 at his campaign secretariat in the state capital, Benin.
Governor Obaseki, the PDP state party chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi and other party leaders from across the state were in attendance at the briefing.
Ikhine said Governor Obaseki’s defection to the party was God’s great answer to the party and his aspiration.
He said he and his supporters had resolved to work with the governor to ensure that a better tomorrow is achieved in the state.
Responding, Governor Obaseki said that with the political situation in the state, history was being made in the country.
His words: “I appreciate my brother and co-aspirant, Engineer Ikhine, who has aligned with me, in sustaining the developmental strides in Edo state, as the PDP primary election draws near.
“He brings with him a structure spread across 192 wards, and we appreciate the show of solidarity.
Meanwhile, amid growing political tension in Edo state, the Benin monarch, Omo N’Oba Nedo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, has finally reacted to the developments in the state.
The Nation reports that the monarch, according to a statement issued by the Benin place on Thursday, June 18, said he is opposed to imposition (consensus candidate) and godfatherism in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the statement, signed by Frank Irabor, the secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, said there was no truth in social media speculations that the royal father had prevailed on some governorship aspirants to step down for one of the aspirants in the upcoming shadow poll of a certain political party.
The rescheduled primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would hold on June 23, a day after that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is slated for Monday, June 22.
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