It may not be smooth sailing yet for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has filed a suit seeking to disqualify the governorship candidate of the party in Edo State.
Naija News reports that an aggrieved member of the APC and legal practitioner, Charles Ude, on Wednesday, filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja against Ize-Iyamu.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/839/2020, Charles Ude told the court that the emergence of the party candidate for the September 19 governorship election in Edo State was unlawful.
According to the APC member, the screening and primary election Committees that cleared Ize-Iyamu were not validly constituted.
He said the June 16 judgment of the Court of Appeal which affirmed that the former National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole was duly suspended on November 2, 2019, all the decisions he took during the subsistence of his suspension remained invalid, null and void and of no legal consequence.
He told the court that following the appellate Court’s judgment that affirmed Oshiomhole’s suspension, Chief Victor Giadom who took over the affairs of the party, cancelled both the screening and primaries election Committees that cleared Ize-Iyamu, which he did not set up.
Cited as 1st to 6th Defendants in the suit are the APC, Oshiomhole, Giadom, Hilliard Eta, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
Charles Ude asked the court to determine amongst other things, “Whether having regard to the entirety of the constitution of the 1st Defendant (APC), a suspended member of the 1st Defendant can validly exercise the powers and discharge the functions/duties of the National Chairman of the 1st Defendant?
“Whether in view of the judgment of the Nigerian Court of Appeal in Appeal No: CA/A/188/2020 delivered on the 16th day of June 2020, affirming as valid the suspension of the 2nd Defendant on the 2nd day of November 2019, all the decisions are taken by the 2nd Defendant as the National Chairman of the 1st Defendant (during the subsistence of his suspension) is not invalid, null and void and liable to be set aside?
Naija News reports that the Federal High Court in Abuja is yet to fix a date for the hearing of the matter.