The battle for the political top seat in Edo State took another turn on Sunday as the Ize-Iyamu campaign organisation alleged Governor Godwin Obaseki was plotting to obtain a court injunction to stop Osagie Ize-Iyamu from participating in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries.
Naija News recalls the APC primary is scheduled for June 22 and Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu are seen as the principal aspirants to battle for the APC ticket.
Both aspirants are been supported by various factions within the party and the two camps are leaving no stone unturned to guarantee the victory of their candidate.
A statement signed by Prince John Mayaki, Director of Communication and Media, Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu Campaign Organisation, claimed Obaseki is seeking a court injunction to stop Ize-Iyamu from participating in the party primaries.
The statement reads: “The embattled governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, is plotting to procure an interim injunction at the Abudu High Court or any other court in Edo State barring the APC from conducting its internal primary election scheduled for June 22 and restraining Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu, his main challenger, from contesting the election.”
“Also named in the plot are Osarodion Ogie, the Secretary to the State Government, Wole Iyamu, SAN, Solicitor General of the State, and Ken Mozia, SAN.
“These officials, acting on the instruction of Godwin Obaseki, have allegedly induced Justice Eborieme of the High Court in Abudu to grant a baseless application for the interim injunction.
“Civil society groups privy to the plan have issued a stern warning to the Edo State judiciary not to avail itself as a tool to scuttle the democracy of the state.
“As the bastion of democracy, the courts are to protect democratic institutions and processes.
“They are not meant to be used by the government of the state, or any government official, to truncate democratic processes or serve personal political ambitions.”