The second term ambition of current Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki is still shaking as a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital has banned him from partaking in the People’s Democratic Party governorship primary slated for Thursday, June 25, 2020.
The ambition of Mr Obaseki had earlier been threatened by his disqualification by the All Progressives Congress which resulted in his defection to the ruling opposition party. To make his ambition achievable, the party granted him a waiver and postponed its primary election.
However, there is a fresh trouble for the embattled governor as a court ruling has prevented him from participating in the forthcoming primaries of the PDP.
The Ravens learnt that the suit was instituted by one of the governorship aspirants of the PDP, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who had vowed not to step down for Obaseki.
Ogbeide-Ihama prayed the court to stop Obaseki from participating in the primary on several grounds, chief of which was that Obaseki had just joined the party.
According to Ogbeide-Ihama, only those who purchased the party forms during the stipulated time 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.
He also questioned the validity of Obaseki’s certificates, saying they are inconsistent and defective.
The primary of the PDP is scheduled for June 25, and the Independent National Electoral Commission fixes the governorship election for September 19, 2020.