A High Court of Justice in Ekpoma, Edo state has restrained the
Peoples Democratic Party PDP and the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) from removing, excluding, preventing or purporting to
exclude Governor Godwin Obaseki and any of the cleared aspirants from
participating in the PDP governorship primary slated for Thursday, June
The court ordered that the PDP and INEC must not exempt any of the aspirants who have been cleared by the party.
Earlier in the day, one of the aspirants, Omoregie Ogbeide Ihama,
approached the Federal High court in Port Harcourt, praying the court to
issue an order barring Godwin Obaseki from participating in the
governorship primary. Iyama argued that only those who purchased the
governorship forms within the stipulated time should be allowed to
participate in the primary election. He insists he will not be stepping
down for Governor Obaseki.
The court adjourned the case to tomorrow June 24 for hearing.
Obaseki lost the APC governorship ticket to Osagie Ize-Iyamu
following his long-standing faceoff with the party National Chairman,