Hopes by the embattled governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki to seek reelection on the platform of the Peoples democratic Party, PDP, have been dealt a heavy blow by Federal High Court Port Harcourt, barring him from participating in the PDP governorship primary slated for Thursday, June 25.
The suit was instituted by one of the governorship aspirants on the PDP, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who had vowed not to step down for Obaseki.
Ogbeide-Ihama, had asked the court to stop the governor from participating in the primary on several grounds, among which is that Obaseki recently 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, should be allowed to partake in the primaries.
Obaseki and his deputy had recently defected to the PDP, ending squabbles with acrimonious APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Mr. Oshiomhole had, without reasonable grounds, questioned the validity of Obaseki’s certificates. He used same to disqualify him from participating in the APC Edo governorship primaries.
This latest setback for Mr. Obaseki comes barely 48 hours to the PDP primary.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had fixed the Edo governorship election for September 19, 2020.