- A case of money laundering against Pastor Ize-Iyamu and four others has been adjourned
- Ize-Iyamu was reported to have laundered the money in 2016
- The counsel to Ize-Iyamu, however, told the court that the matter should be heard at the magistrate or the state high court
A Federal High Court sitting in Benin City has adjourned the case of money laundering instituted against the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Edo election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and four others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Channels TV reports that the other four defendants are a former deputy governor of Edo state, Lucky Imasuen, a former PDP chairman in the state, Chief Dan Orbih; Tony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae.
Legit.ng gathered that during the hearing on Friday, October 16, the counsel to the first defendant, Charles Edosomwan (SAN), informed the court that he has filed a motion challenging its jurisdiction on the grounds that the charge filed against the defendants is based on election matters.
The counsel said the appropriate court to try electoral matter was the magistrate court or high court of the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Ize-Iyamu disclosed that he would not challenge his defeat at the election petition tribunal.
It was reported that Ize-Iyamu in a press statement issued through John Mayaki, media head of his campaign council, however, said the two pre-election court cases instituted against the PDP would continue.
He said he was proud of the exercise, coupled with the outpouring of love and maximum support by the people of the state.
In another report, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, advised Governor Godwin Obaseki to make peace with the members of the opposition in the state willing to work with him.
Secondus gave the advice when he led Edo PDP stakeholders on a “thank you visit” to the national secretariat in Abuja on Monday, October 5.
The chairman said the party is being accepted by Nigerians, citing the instance of Rivers state where he observed that the opposition party is daily joining the ruling party.
He explained that the mark of a good politician is his ability to unite the people and work to satisfy their yearning and aspiration.
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