The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has asked a Federal High Court in Benin City, to stop Godwin Obaseki from contesting the September 10 election for alleged false claims and information on oath to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Obaseki is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, disclosed the party’s court action yesterday at a press conference in Benin City where he called on voters in the state not to waste their votes for the APC because the party has no candidate for the election.
Joined in the suit No. FHC/B/CO/120/16, dated September 1, 2016, filed by Chief Joseph Aghimien (SAN) on PDP’s behalf and Professor Edoba Omoregie, the party’s legal adviser, are Mr Godwin Obaseki and the INEC.
Orbih said the party asked the court for a declaration that Obaseki’s statement that he graduated from the University of Ibadan with a B.A. in Classical Studies in 1976 made under oath in INEC form CF001 at Part B, paragraph C dated 11July, 2016 was false.
In addition, the party is asking for a declaration disqualifying Obaseki from contesting the Edo state governorship election scheduled for September 10, 2016 on the grounds that he submitted false information on oath to the INEC in Form CF001.
Orbih added that apart from misleading the INEC with false information, the fact that Obaseki failed to declare if he was a member of a secret society disqualified him from contesting for the office of governor of Edo state.
He said Obaseki had failed to fulfil the requirements of the constitution, which in Section 182 (I)(h) specifies the qualifications a person must have to contest the governorship seat of a state.
Ize-Iyamu in last minute campaign to Okogbo, Oza, Igbanke
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has appealed to Orhionmwon people to vote overwhelmingly for him on the day of election.
He made the appeal on the party’s final tour of Orhionmwon, his local government of origin. Speaking at separate occasions in Okogbo, Oza and Omolua Igbanke, Ize-Iyamu said that Orhionmwon people should see his ambition as their own and thus commit themselves to voting for him, a 100 percent, because he is their son. He stated that for the first time, an indigene of Orhionmwon has the opportunity of becoming the governor of the state and that the people should strive to make it possible by their uncommon support.
Ize-Iyamu said it was an opportunity for the local government to have one of their own in power to redress all the wrongs that have been done to it by successive administrations. He lamented that despite Orhionmwon being the largest local government area in Edo State and despite being an oil producing area, and despite having the largest forest reserve in the state, there has never been substantial investment by government to improve the area.
Speaking, chairman of the Igbanke Council of Enigie, HRH Isaac Ogbeiwi Uwaifo, said Ize-Iyamu is a son of Orhionmwon that they know and are proud of. He assured him of their support and thereafter led in a special prayer which he said is to ensure his success.
Earlier at Oza, the Odionza of Oza with his Council of Elders had also prayed for Ize-Iyamu while assuring him of the support of Oza Community.
Chief Dan Orbih, the PDP state chairman who was in the campaign train joined Ize-Iyamu in the appeal for maximum home support.
Ize-Iyamu hails from Iguododo Community in Orhionmwon local government area.
…Promises artisans jobs, empowerment
Pastor Ize-Iyamu met with members of the Artisans’ Union in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Speaking with them at the Adesuwa Road branch, the PDP governorship hopeful promised to create an enabling environment in which they can be gainfully employed regularly.
He decried a situation where the present APC administration in the past eight years has not been able to create sustainable jobs or an atmosphere for the artisans to be profitably engaged and drew their attention to the wastefulness of the state government through the over inflation of contracts for road projects.
The members through their spokespersons pledged their support for the PDP governorship candidate’s ambition, requesting him to carry them along when eventually he is elected.
On his part, one of the leaders, Raymond Akaji, requested that Ize-Iyamu provides them agricultural loans which is in his empowerment agenda to enable many of them, particularly the elderly ones, retire to farming.