IduozeeEfe Paul, Benin
There was joy among supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State following an Appeal Court ruling which rejected the motion to discontinue the case of alleged perjury against Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja dismissed the motion to stay proceedings at the lower High Court and ordered continuation on proceedings for accelerated hearing in the matter.
Three chieftains of the APC, Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin, and Amedu Dauda Anakhu instituted the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/553/2020 in Abuja.
At the APC party’s factional secretariat in Edo State, chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Mr. David Imuse, congratulated members of the party for remaining steadfast as the interim State Executive Council (SEC) was being inaugurated in Benin City, after the National Executive Council (NEC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved all organs of the party and extended the tenure of Mr. Mai Bala-Buni interim committee.
Administering the oath of office on the leaders, Imuse said: “For your information, the forgery and perjury case against Obaseki has just been referred back to the High Court for expeditious trial”.
He charged them to put behind the past and extended the olive branch to some party members who left for other parties to return home so they can collectively build a stronger and united party in the state.
“We want to tell some of our members who went on a voyage to some other political parties in search of the elusive greener pastures and those who went on sabbatical politically, that the time has come for them to come home so that together we will build a strong united party,” he stated.
The new caretaker executive include, Mr. Imuse, state caretaker committee chairman, Mr. Jarret Tenebe, state deputy chairman, Hon Lawrence Okah, state secretary, Mr. Chris Azebamwen, state publicity secretary, Hon Fidelis Ogbeijile, state financial secretary, Barr Ifidon, state legal adviser and Mr. Osarobo Idehen, state organizing secretary.
Others are, Mr. Valentine Asuen, state youth leader and Mr Peter Iduoze, Persons with Disability representative.