By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Ahead of the governorship primary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State Governor, has been barred by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, from participating in the exercised scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, one of the PDP aspirants, filed a suit praying the court to restrain Obaseki from participating in the primary election, on the grounds that only spirants who purchased the party’s nomination form and were screened within the stipulated timeframe, should be allowed to contest in the primary, questioning the validity of Obaseki’s certificates, which was the grounds for his disqualification by the screening panel of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
EA Obile, the High Court judge, granted Ogbeide-Ihama’s request in the form of an order of interim injunction, ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognise Obaseki as a legitimate aspirant until the subsisting suit was determined.
Following his defection to the PDP, consequent to his disqualification by the All Progressives Congress (APC) screening committee from contesting for a second term on the party’s governorship ticket, Obaseki and Philip Shuaibu, his deputy, had been given waivers by the PDP.
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