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Court Restrains PDP From Preventing Obaseki, Others From Edo Primary

An Edo State High Court sitting in Ekpoma has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from preventing Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, or any other cleared aspirants from participating in the party’s Edo State governorship primary.

Justice J.O. Okeaya-Inneh, the presiding judge, granted an interim injunction on Tuesday following an exparte motion filed by Felix Irioh and Tom Irehobhude.

The ruling comes after a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, a court of coordinate jurisdiction, barred Governor Obaseki from participating in the primary.

The plaintiffs had in their motion asked the court to mandate Tony Aziegbemi, the Edo PDP Chairman (first defendant); the PDP (second defendant), Andy Ikhajiangbe (third defendant) and Peter Akihmen (fourth defendant) from preventing the exclusion of any of the cleared aspirants under the party’s platform from participating in the primary.

The plaintiffs insisted that all the aspirants – Governor Obaseki, Omoregie Ogbeide Ihama, Kenneth Imasuagbon and Gideon Ikhine – had been cleared before the primary scheduled for Thursday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), listed as the fifth defendant, was also urged by the plaintiffs not to refuse to recognise any of the aspirants, particularly Governor Obaseki.

Having considered the motion, Justice Okeaya-Inneh said she was satisfied that the plaintiffs have satisfied the guidelines for the interim order to be granted.

The judge subsequently granted the prayers of the applicants, and adjourned the case to 1 July for hearing of pending applications.



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