An Edo State High Court has refused to grant an interim injunction seeking to restrain the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu from allowing the ad hoc delegates that emerged from the party’s ward congress held last Saturday across all the wards in Edo State.
It was gathered that the action was instituted by one Eghe Adun, a PDP member believed to be loyal to the South South Vice Chairman of the party, Dan Orbih.
Listed as defendants in the case with suit number HAB/46/2022 are the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, Dr Tony Aziegbemi and Godwin Obaseki.
The court refused to countenance the ex-parte application, but deferred hearing in the matter to the 12th of May 2022. The party primaries which the ex-parte order, if granted, would have prevented comes up on Saturday the 7th of May, 2022.
In a similar vein, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama member representing Oredo in the House of Representatives sponsored a similar suit at the Federal High Court Abuja, seeking an ex-parte injunction to restrain the PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, Senator Sam Anyanwu, Hon. Umar Bature and INEC from acting on any list that does not include their names for the purpose of the party primaries of the 7th of May 2022. Due to administrative constraints the matter which was filed on the 4th of May 2022 is yet to be assigned to a court by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
It will be recalled that a faction of the PDP in Edo State headed by Chief Dan Orbih expressed their dissatisfaction with the outcome of the Congress to elect 3 ad hoc delegates for the State and National Assembly primaries.