Crisis looms in Edo PDP ahead of governorship primaries
THERE appears a looming crisis in the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the party’s gubernatorial primaries.
Reason: A Benin High Court yesterday granted an interim injunction restraining the leadership of the party led by Chief Dan Orbih from conducting any congress until the hearing of the substantive matter brought before it.
There have been allegations of clandestine moves by the leadership to skew the upcoming exercise in favour of a particular aspirant with alleged plans to quickly organise congress across the state in defiance of a pending suit challenging the continued stay in office of the current leadership following the supposed expiration of their tenure in September 2015.
One Ehi Osula, from ward 12 Oredo and others, had approached the court urging it to declare as illegal the continued stay in office of the current leadership of the party whose tenure reportedly expired on the 24th of September, 2015 but it was gathered that the party was still planning to conduct congresses across the 192 wards in the state from Wednesday, 24 February 2016.
Consequently, the appellant through their counsel, Matthew Edaghese & Co, filed a motion exparte, asking the court to restrain the Orbih- led executive from conducting the congresses until the hearing of the motion on notice.
Justice E.Ikpomnwen, subsequently, granted the injunction and fixed hearing for February 29.
Counsel to the appellants, Matthew Edaghese who spoke to journalists shortly after proceedings, said “we have served the national leadership of the party all the court processes, so as it is now, they cannot conduct any congress or take any action until hearing of the substantive suit.”