The All Progressive Congress (APC) has rejected summons from bailiffs of the Federal High Court in Abuja on behalf of it’s candidate in the Edo September, 2020 election, Pastor Osagie Ize -Iyamu, as his disqualification case began.
The National Rescue Movement (NRM) had gone to court to challenge the inclusion of Ize-Iyamu as the candidate of the APC in Edo State.
The Movement argued that the list of candidates of the APC for the Edo State gubernatorial election to be held on September 19, 2020 can only be received by INEC through a letter jointly signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of the APC
It further said that the list of candidates of the APC for the election jointly signed by the National Chairman and the National Secretary of the APC was not received by INEC and as such INEC lacks powers to receive the list of candidates of APC from the Governor of Yobe State.
According to a statement, signed by Prince Chinedu Obi, National Publicity Secretary, NRM, Ize Iyamu, was conspicuously absent in Court at the beginning of hearing on the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/743/2020 on Thursday, August 2020, but lawyers to NRM, APC and INEC were in Court.
“There was also no representative for Ize-Iyamu. The APC on Monday, August 3, 2020 declined to accept summons from bailiffs of the Federal High Court which summons was directed at Ize-Iyamu. The APC refusal to accept service on behalf of Iyamu throws doubt on his status as party’s gubernatorial candidate”, the statement read.
National Publicity Secretary, Prince Chinedu Obi and the party’s legal team
The NRM prayed the court to declare that the APC has no candidates for the Edo State gubernatorial election to beheld on September 19, 2020 by virtue of the non – submission of her list of candidates before the deadline on 29th June 2020.
It also seeks an Order voiding the decision of INEC to include APC, Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu as candidates in the gubernatorial election as well as an Order disqualifying the APC, Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu as candidates in the gubernatorial election pertaining to Edo State.
The NRM said it would seek an order for substituted service if by the next hearing date, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Ize-Iyamu is not served.