Governor Godwin Obaseki has been stopped by a Federal High Court from participating in the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party scheduled for 25 June, 2020.
The ban order was given in the late hours of yesterday, June 22, by Justice E.A. Obile of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt which followed a motion ex parte filed by a PDP governorship aspirant, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama.
Joined in the suit are Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP, Independent National Electoral Commission, chairman of the party’s screening committee, Kingsley Chinda and other members of the committee.
Obaseki was named as the eighth defendant in the case
The applicant is seeking a court order to restrain Secondus and the party from allowing Obaseki or anyone else to buy the forms for the primary, other than those who bought the forms within the timetable initially published for the election.
Justice Obile granted the interim injunction as requestedThe PDP, mindful of the legal minefield had announced a waiver for Obaseki, to enable him participate in the primaries, even though he joined the party only last week.
The party also reconvened the Chinda screening committee which had ended its assignment on 5th June
The committee specially screened Obaseki on Saturday 20 June.
All the parties in the case were to be served via substituted means.
Substantive hearing in the case has been adjourned till Wednesday 24 Jun