EDO 2020-Ize Iyamu qualified to contest

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The contention on whether Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is qualified to run for the Edo 2020 governorship election has been put to rest by a  Benin High Court presided by Justice Emmanuel Ahamiojie.

Justice Ahamiojie on Thursday authenticated the candidature of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as a bonafide member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and that he is qualified to contest in the forthcoming governorship election in the state slated for September.

The Judge in his ruling said the issue of granting a waiver is a matter that is subject to every political party and that it is not for the court to determine who is to be given waiver or not.

“I hereby declare that the Osagie Ize-Iyamu (third defendant) is qualified to contest being a registered member of the All Progressives Congress”, the Judge said.

The state deputy chairman of the party, Kenneth Asekomhe, now expelled by the party;
Benjamin Oghumu, Matthew Ogbebor, and Unweni Nosa had instituted the suit challenging the decision of the All Progressives Congress for granting a waiver to Ize-Iyamu, to make him eligible to contest the APC primary election.

Defendants in the suit are the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The claimants predicated their case on the ground that any waiver purportedly granted by the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole without the approval of the National Executive Committee of the APC and without Osagie Ize-Iyamu formally applying for such waiver through his claimed ward, local government area is null, void and of no effect.

They prayed the court to restrain the APC from recognizing  Osagie Ize-Iyamu as an aspirant of the party in its primary election to select a candidate to represent it in the governorship election.

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