A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal in Abuja led by Justice Eunice Onyemanam has upheld the suspension of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja had on March 4, 2020, suspended Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the APC.
Oshiomhole, however, had his application for the suspension to be lifted pending his appeal approved by a three-man panel led by Justice Abubakar Yahaya.
On Tuesday, the same day Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki resigned his membership from the party, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the lower court saying that it had rightly issued the order of suspension on March 4, 2020.
Oshiomhole has been at loggerheads with the embattled Godwin Obaseki which led to the latter being disqualified contesting the APC governorship primary election scheduled to hold later this month.
The Chairman of the Screening Committee, Prof. Jonathan Ayuba, revealed this to newsmen on Friday in Abuja that apart from Obaseki, Chris Ogiemwonyi and Mathew Iduoriyekenwen were also disqualified from standing for the primaries.
According to Ayuba, the incumbent Governor of Edo State was disqualified on the ground of a defective Higher School Certificate, and that the document Obaseki produced only attested to his attendance and not a certificate.
He also said that members of the seven-man screening committee could not ascertain the authenticity of his National Youth Service Corps Discharge Certificate.
At the screening process, which held in Abuja on Friday, Ize Iyamu who bore the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 gubernatorial election in Edo State was cleared alongside four other candidates.
The embattled governor has been on loggerheads with the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike had hosted Obaseki in a private meeting on Sunday, said he would be happy should his Edo State counterpart joins the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to prosecute his re-election bid.
He asserted that the manner of Obaseki’s disqualification, despite the political implications for the APC, indicates that the ruling party was willing to throw caution to the wind and take the state by brute force.
The Rivers Governor warned the ruling party not to use the Police and Security to manipulate Edo election, stressing it could unleash civil disobedience in a magnitude of what is currently happening in the United States, over the killing of an African-America.
“They cannot get away with using the security force and INEC to have their way because everybody will be involved. Edo people will be involved. See what is happening in the US with George Floyd’s death, nobody expected that just one death can lead to all that,” he said.