As we countdown to the September 19 Edo State Governorship election, Naija News brings you the latest update before the D-Day.
Many political parties will be participating in the election but all attention would be on the candidates of the two major parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Edo Governorship election would serve as a litmus test for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following the controversies that trailed the 2019 general election.
Below is a roundup of top stories on the Edo Governorship election…
Justice Anwuli Chiekere of the Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified a suit filed accusing the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki of forging his degree Certificates.
Naija News learnt that the suit was terminated after the plaintiffs failed to appear in court when the suit was called up for mention.
It will be recalled that the plaintiffs, in the suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/553/2020 accused Obaseki of forging his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Ibadan. The plaintiffs contended that the alleged certificate forgery contravenes section 182(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
They prayed the court to among others, hold that Obaseki is “not qualified to run or seek election to the office of the governor of Edo State” in the forthcoming 2020 governorship election.
However, At the mention of the case on Monday, neither the plaintiffs nor their lawyers were in court. The defendant too was not represented. Given the development, Justice Anwuli Chiekere proceeded to strike out the suit
Political Parties in Edo and Ondo State have been given a guideline to follow by the Independent National Electoral Commission, ahead of their public rallies for the governorship election in the two states.
The Commission in a statement released through the Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, noted that political parties must give INEC a seven-day notice before holding a rally.
According to the electoral body, the guideline is to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus at the rallies.
Okoye further stated that political parties have been informed to follow the guidelines for campaigns strictly, including social distancing and the use of face masks.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2020 Edo State gubernatorial election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has reacted to the latest criticism of the main opposition party, the People Democratic Party(PDP).
Naija News recalls that the negative political utterances between both political Parties in Edo keeps in play as the preparation for the September governorship election kicks start in full forces.
However speaking further in a press release made available to Naija News, Ize-Iyamu, challenged the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to clear its infamous status of a “tax collector” – a despicable description it earned from the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
PDP has become a party in tattered rags, authoring an allegory of tax collectors and a Zacheus who must remain short of his ‘non-negotiable second term ambition.’”