Latest update on Governor Obaseki and his political race - June 25, 2020.
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A Supreme Federal Court in Port Harcourt has reversed a lawsuit filed by the Democratic People's Party (PDP) candidate for government, Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, seeking to prevent Governor Godwin Obaseki from running in the party government. primary. planned for today. One of the plaintiff's advisers, D. C. Denwigwe, after the resumption of the court hearing, with an oral request, informed the court that the parties to the request had resolved their disputes and had agreed to be resolved out of court.
Meanwhile, the Edo People's Movement (EPM) has expressed relief at the departure of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that the governor cannot win the elections from any other platform. According to Francesc chief Inegbenek, who disclosed the EPM's position in an interaction with The Guardian, said that the direct method of government adopted by APC showed that the majority of Edo people are still with the party.
Commenting on the June 22 primary government that ousted Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party's standard-bearer, Inegbeneki said: 80 percent of the votes cast for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Denwigwe told the court that his clients had settled and asked them (his advice) to drop the case. However, the presiding judge, Judge E. O. Obile, raised the issue after allegations that the parties involved in the case had agreed to resolve their differences.
The defender of the first accused, Uche Secondus, and from the third to the seventh accused, the Great King, and the Council for the eighth and ninth accused, Alex Ejesiema, also supported the motion presented by Denwigwe. .
Judge Obile in his decision said: "I commend the council and the parties for the settlement, as it is the right thing to do."
Speaking to reporters after the trial, Alex Ejesiema noted that the court ruling meant that Obaseki could now contest the party's primary election on Thursday (today). He said the PDP was ready to challenge the court's jurisdiction to entertain the case before it was dismissed, adding that it was an internal party affair.
Remember that Ogbeide-Ihama, one of the PDP contenders who filed the lawsuit, had promised not to back down on Obaseki after the party gave (Obaseki) his resignation from the contest after defending the entire Congress of Progress (APC) .
Ogbeide-Ihama in disguise applied for Obaseki's educational certificates, adding that he had just joined the party and that only those who bought vacuum cleaner forms from the government during the allotted time would be able to attend primary school.
When the case came to light on Tuesday, Judge Obile did not accept the request, but ordered that the motion to stop Obaseki be delivered to the accused, including himself (Obaseki) through newspaper publications.
However, when the court resumed the hearing on Wednesday, the plaintiff's adviser, Ferdinand Orbih, made an oral request and asked the court to allow the parties four hours to complete their meeting on the party leaders' conciliation measure.
The court granted the request and closed the hearing for three hours. After the appointed time, Orbih informed the court that the court's resolution process had begun within the party, seeking the court's time for the court, and at the end of the meeting, Obile Justice, granted the advisory pardon. to Ogbeide-Ihama, Orbih, to allow the parties to work out their terms of the agreed settlement.
When contacted, Governor Obaseki's Press Secretary General, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the court's story is straightforward and that there was nothing to add, as its director was empowered to contest the primary election.
However, Inegbeneki expressed his appreciation to his party for approving the direct primary form of electing his candidate and said: "I must also thank the APC National Labor Committee (NWC) for approving the direct form of primary governance for the state. from Edo. Because direct start gives people the opportunity to participate in who governs them. So for me this is what I call democracy. I would like to inform the NWC of our party since the subsequent elections in the states. others, the direct mode of principle must be adopted, to give people at their grassroots a sense of belonging, who actually voted for the candidate who eventually becomes their governor. "
Inegbeneki noted that with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the APC vote, Obaseki has no chance in the September elections.
"For me, the Edo government election will say as well as it did on September 19, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will be proclaimed governor of the Edo state. The reason is very clear, from my own observation and from what I have. Read in the national newspapers, it is clear that the PDP wants to introduce Mr. Godwin Obaseki. If the PDP gives Obasek his guber ticket, he misses it. He bought a form even though the party has completed the appointment and submission of the forms before I get there. I don't know if they still would have accommodated it. "