Gov. Obaseki: What next?
Governor of Edo state Godwin Obaseki, appears to have ran into a big ditch as a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital, has barred him from participating in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship primary scheduled for Thursday, June 25.
Gov. Obaseki had earlier defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to PDP, after he was disqualified by the APC Governorship Screening Committee for allegedly presenting doubtful certificates.
The suit against Obaseki was filed by one of the frontline PDP Governorship aspirants, Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama.
The plaintiff had vowed not to step down following the special concession given to Obaseki by the PDP hierarchy.
He prayed the court to stop Gov. Obaseki from participating in the primary on some grounds, notably among of which is that the first respondent (Obaseki) recently joined the party; and only those who purchased the forms during the stipulated time prior to the waiver granted Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, who also defected from the APC should be allowed to contest in the primary.
The non-availability of Obaseki’s original certificates was another Ogbeide-Ihama’s ground for the suit.
It would be recalled that Pastor Ize-Iyamu Osagie emerged APC Edo Governorship candidate in a primary contested yesterday (Monday).
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed the Edo Governorship election for September 19, 2020.
It has also given all political parties till later this month to conduct their primaries.