The People’s Democratic Party and its Candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, were subjects of mockery in court on Wednesday after the presiding judge agreed with the APC’s legal representatives that their motion challenging the emergence of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the APC candidate was an overreach and a baseless suit with no standing.
The PDP had applied for an ex parte motion seeking to block Ize-Iyamu by contending the decisions of the APC NEC where Ize-Iyamu’s candidacy was ratified by the national leadership of the party.
The judge however told the PDP and Godwin Obaseki that the issues of NEC and its convening is a partisan affair that cannot be disputed or dictated by an external party.
Laughter broke out in court when the colloquial term of “busy body” was used to describe the actions of the PDP to which the Judge agreed, describing the filed motion as an illegal attempt by interlopers to pry into the affairs of another political party before denying the request.
One of the lawyers in court who reacted to the judgement said: “This matter is a waste of everyone’s time. The PDP has no case here. You cannot tell another political party how to conduct its affairs. Except they are afraid of facing Ize-Iyamu in the election, I see no other way to explain this charade of clutching at straws where the position of the law is plainly obvious.”
Others political observers in Edo who commented echoed the same sentiment, stating that Godwin Obaseki, being no match for Ize-Iyamu politically, is desperately trying to seek a back-door means to win the election.