Edo Guber: Obaseki, PDP feel threatened by Ize-Iyamu and his party.


The Edo state gubernatorial elections slated for October has always been an interesting and dramatic activities since the beginning of the year, the emergence of familiar foes who had contested against each other four years ago through parties which both have now substituted are among other things responsible for the comical atmosphere inherent in the gubernatorial contest.

The People’s Democratic Party and its Candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, filed a motion on Wednesday contesting the emergence of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the APC candidate. They applied for an expert motion seeking to block Ize-Iyamu by contending the decisions of the APC NEC where Ize-Iyamu’s candidacy was ratified by the national leadership of the party who is now suspended and it’s NEC and NWC dissolved.

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But the APC’s legal team countered their claim with a justification of an over bearing indulgences on the path of the PDP and it legal team. Their escapade is seen as a baseless suit with no standing. The presiding judge agreed with the APC legal representatives and further explain why the decision made by an internal body of any political party isn’t anyone’s headache to file a suit for or against.

The judge however told the PDP and Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday that the issues of NEC and its convening is a party partisan affair that cannot be disputed or dictated by an external party. The colloquial term of “busy body” was used to describe the actions of the PDP to which the Judge agreed, describing the filed motion as an illegal attempt by oppositions to pry into the affairs of another political party before denying the request.

A veteran attorney responding to the judgement said: “This matter is a waste of everyone’s time. The PDP has no case here. You cannot tell another political party how to conduct its affairs. Except they are afraid of facing Ize-Iyamu in the election, I see no other way to explain this charade of clutching at straw hats where the position of the law is plainly stated.”

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Others political observers in Edo who commented echoed the same sentiment, stating that Godwin Obaseki, being no match for Ize-Iyamu politically, is desperately trying to seek a back-door means to win the election.

The switch in lane of these two Edo political figures will only determined one thing at the poll in October, parties strength against individual popularity will be exposed. As an incumbent, one will expect Obaseki to have a soft landing, but his mojo and body language suggests he’s skeptical of the strength of his opponent and his former party.