* But Edo PDP shifts primaries to next Tuesday
By Codratus Godson
Things seem to turn around fast in Edo State as the direct primary election which was stopped has been reinstated by the same courts that stopped it. This is as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that was about to receive a big fish has shifted its own primaries to next week Tuesday, probably to see how things pan out in the APC.
Benin division of the Court of Appeal, Thursday, set aside the order restraining the All Progressives Congress (APC) from using direct primary election to nominate its governorship candidate for the scheduled September 19, gubernatorial election in Edo State.
The court set aside the decision of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin which restrained the National Working Committee of the party from using direct primary election to nominate its governorship candidate.
The party slated the governorship primary election for next Monday, June 22, 2020. Kenneth Asekomhe, deputy state chairman of the party and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, one of the governorship aspirants, had approached the lower court to restrain the NWC of the party from using the direct mode of primary election.
In its judgment the Appeal Court vacated the restraining order of the lower court.
In a dissenting judgment in one of the appeals, the three-man panel of the Appeal Court led by Justice Morenike Ogunwoniju vacated the order and returned the parties to the Federal High Court.
Ogunwoniju ordered the lower court to hear the substantive originating summons.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party, Thursday postponed the Edo state governorship primary election to next Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
The party had earlier slated the governorship primary election for Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2020.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiya made the disclosure at the party’s official twitter handle.
Ologbondiya said the decision to postpone the primary election was predicated on exigencies of party activities.
He urged all governorship aspirants, critical stakeholders, party faithful and the party’s teeming supporters, particularly in Edo state to take note accordingly.
He added that all activities of the party shall be in accordance with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)’s guidelines on COVID -19, as it concerns social/physical distancing at public gatherings.
However, the scheduled official visit of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to the state secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been postponed to Friday, June 19, 2020.
The party’s secretariat was a beehive of activities as party faithful and supporters of the governor stormed the secretariat to officially welcome the governor to the party.
The reason for postponement to tomorrow (today) was not however disclosed by any official of the party.