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Court Sets June 22 To Decide Mode Of Edo APC Primaries

Jessica Ologbosere  
Updated June 19, 2020

 

The Federal High Court in Benin City has fixed June 22 to decide on the mode of primary for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries in Edo State.

This followed the resumed hearing of the suit on Friday asking it to determine the mode of the primary election for the APC ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.

The suit was filed by two APC members, Mr Kenneth Asekomhe and Matthew Iduoyirikemwen, seeking to stop the party from going ahead with the direct primary method for the Edo governorship election.

This development comes 24 hours after the Court of Appeal also in Benin ruled that there is merit in the appeal of the party seeking the determination of the mode of its primary.

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The appellate court set aside the ruling of the lower court which had restrained the parties from taking any steps on the mode of the primary election to be adopted and asked the parties to return to the Federal High Court to deal with the matter.

Upon commencement of the day’s proceedings, the counsel to the claimants sought to adopt all its processes.

However, the counsel to the first defendant, the APC and second defendant, Adams Oshiomhole, asked the court to adjourn to enable the judge to study yesterday’s order of the court of appeal on Edo Primary Election.

They submitted that the judge would be properly guided by printed copies of the Court of Appeal’s judgement as opposed to depending on the remarks of counsel on what transpired at the upper court.

But the counsel to the claimants opposed this application maintaining that the Court of Appeal remitted the hearing of the applications and originating summons to the Federal High Court.