A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has dismissed the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking the disqualification of Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has dismissed the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking the disqualification of Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu from the September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State.

The presiding judge,Justice Ahmed Mohammed, dismissed the suit on the grounds that it had become an academic exercise having been overtaken by events.

The PDP had on the 3rd of July, this year, dragged Mr. Ize-Iyamu and two others to court, claiming that the primary election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, that produced Ize-Iyamu as its candidate in the September 19 governorship election was not validly conducted.

But Mr. Ize-Iyamu and the APC in their opposition to the suit urged the court to dismiss it for being a mere academic exercise.

Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mrs Wendy Kuku, in her submission urged the court to dismiss the suit for lacking in merit.

Delivering judgment, Justice Mohammed agreed with Ize-Iyamu and APC’s lawyer that the suit had become academic because there was no benefit to the plaintiff if the suit succeeded.

According to the judge, the defendants are not challenging the outcome of the September 19 governorship poll, explaining that it is the Election Petition Tribunal that determines who is validly elected in any general election.

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