- The suit seeking Osagie Ize-Iyamu's disqualification for Edo guber race has suffered a setback
- The judge handling the lawsuit, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, has withdrawn his interest in the case
- Justice Taiwo returned the case file amid mounting external pressure
The suit seeking to disqualify Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu from the forthcoming Edo state election has suffered a setback.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, a presiding judge, has finally withdrawn from the case amid mounting pressure from different quarters including the ruling party.
It would be recalled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) called for the withdrawal of Justice Taiwo from the suit seeking to disqualify its flagbearer amid litigation and counter-lawsuits preluding the Edo guber election.
In the petition addressed to the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, the ruling party claimed that Justice Taiwo is a close ally of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
APC said that justice might elude the ruling party and its candidate Ize-Iyamu should Justice Taiwo continue with the case.
Justice Taiwo consequently announced his decision to return the case file to Justice John Tsoho for re-assignment to another judge of the court.
Edo governorship election has been scheduled for September 19 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Two chieftains of the APC, Momoh Abdul-Razak and Zibiri Muhizu had dragged Ize-Iyamu to court over alleged perjury in the suit with number FHC/ABJ/ CS/758/2020.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that APC and PDP have differed on the Edo governorship election debate with the two leading parties playing a blame game ahead of the guber poll.
During a peace meeting that was aimed at dousing the tension generated by the election at the palace of Oba of Benin on Wednesday, September 2, Governor Godwin Obaseki said he was not invited for any debate.
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