All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the September 19, 2020 election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has decried the judgment of Edo State High Court in Benin, which disqualified him and his running mate, Mallam Gani Audu.
The court’s judgment was delivered on Wednesday, three weeks after the Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja, of coordinate jurisdiction, cleared Audu, who is a member of the Edo House of Assembly.
In an online statement on Wednesday, Ize-Iyamu said: “I have received the news of the judgment delivered today, January 6, 2021, by the Edo State High Court, sitting in Benin City, disqualifying me and my running mate, Gani Audu, from contesting the gubernatorial election held in Edo State on 19th September, 2020.
“This judgment, to say the least, is unfortunate and utterly wrong. I have already instructed my counsel to appeal the judgment, as I am convinced that the Court of Appeal will dispassionately consider the facts presented before the court and arrive at a just decision, in accordance with the law.”
Ize-Iyamu urged all his supporters to remain calm and law-abiding.
The FHC, Abuja, three weeks ago, dismissed a suit seeking to disqualify Audu.
The suit was filed by the Action Democratic Party (ADP), one of the political parties being backed and sponsored by Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
ADP alleged that Ize-Iyamu’s running mate presented forged documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), ahead of the bloody September 19, 2020 poll.
The plaintiff also alleged that the documents contained discrepancies, especially in Audu’s name arrangement, but the court dismissed the suit with cost.
Edo High Court 7, sitting in Benin yesterday, voided the APC deputy governorship candidacy in the September 19 last year’s election.
Kadiri Oshoakhemhe, an APC chieftain and Obaseki supporters, had filed a case against the party’s deputy governorship candidate and two others.