Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will know his fate on Thursday, June 25 as to whether the May 21 waiver granted him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) to contest is valid.
Justice Emmanuel Ahamioje of the Edo state high court fixed the date on Friday, June 19 after the submissions of the counsel to the parties.
The suit was filed by Kenneth Asekomhe, who was last week expelled for anti-party activities by the APC NWC.
Already, there is disquiet in the camp of the APC governorship aspirant as they prepare for the ruling.Ize-Iyamu is facing many hurdles as he seeks to fly the APC ticket in the forthcoming governorship election.On Thursday, June 18, a Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, adjourned the money laundering case instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) against Ize -Iyamu and four others to Thursday, July 2.The other four defendants are Lucky Imasuen, former deputy governor of Edo state, Chief Dan Orbih, PDP chairman in Edo state; Tony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae.The case is one of the many controversies surrounding Ize-Iyamu as he continues his quest to preside over Edo state.There are fears that the EFCC’s sudden interest in the case might spell doom for Ize-Iyamu ahead of the election.
Most APC governors are said to not to be happy with the disqualification of their colleague, Governor Obaseki in the race.The thinking among the governors is that Oshipmhole is abusing his powers as the party national chairman.Within the APC, Ize-Iyamu has many people opposed to his ambition and many feel Governor Obaseki was mistreated by Oshiomhole to pave way for him.Meanwhile, Ize-Iyamu has called on the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to quarantine Obaseki and his supporters due to the Peoples Democratic Party defection rally.Speaking through his campaign organisation, the APC governorship aspirant said all those who were at the defection rally should be asked to go on isolation.