PDP Primaries: Court Clears Obaseki

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has invited the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and seven others over the legality of the waiver granted Governor Godwin Obaseki to participate in the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party governorship primaries.

That was after the trial high court refused a request by one of the gubernatorial aspirants in the election, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, to issue an interim order stopping Obaseki from participating in the primary poll.

The court specifically ordered the plaintiff in the case to serve the originating processes on the PDP, Godwin Obaseki and six others by substituted means to enable them defend the legality of the waiver.

Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama in a court paper sighted by News On The Go said it was late in the day to smuggle in Obaseki into the election after aspirants had been screened.

The aspirant consequently asked the court to stop Obaseki from participating in the primaries on several grounds.

Chief among the grounds were that he just joined the party and that only those who purchased the forms during the stipulated window before the waiver granted Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress, should be allowed to partake in the primaries.

Ihama also questioned the validity of Obaseki’s certificates.

The primaries of the PDP is scheduled for June 25, while the Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed the main election for September 19, 2020.

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