By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the September Governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has failed to turn up for a court hearing challenging his eligibility to contest the September polls.
It would be recalled that the National Rescue Movement (NRM), one of the major parties gunning for the top seat in Edo State, went to court seeking the disqualification of the APC candidate on the grounds that Pastor Ize-Iyamu was not properly nominated to represent his party in the September 19 polls since the National Chairman and Secretary of his party did not sign the letter written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) filing him as the APC candidate.
The NRM argued that since INEC did not receive a letter by the top officers of the APC, Ize-Iyamu does not qualify to be a candidate.
However, the APC had last week declined the court summon by refusing to accept or sign a letter acknowledging that it received any court letter.
And on Wednesday August 5, 2020, neither Pastor Iyamu nor any legal counsel from him personally appeared at the Federal High Court Abuja.
Decrying the refusal of Ize Iyamu or his lawyers to show up at the hearing, spokesman for Stevie Ozono Campaign Council, Pastor Shedrach Oka said that his absence sends a big message.
“The APC declined to collect the runaway Ize-Iyamu’s court summon only further tell the people that all is not well with their supposed candidate,” he said.
Pastor Shedrach added that in view of such infantile behaviour from the party and its purported candidate, it would amount to jumping from frying pan unto hellfire should the good people of Edo State contemplate voting APC or Ize-Iyamu.
He further asked the court to disqualify the APC from contesting the Governorship election in Edo State on the basis that Ize-Iyamu has shown unreserved contempt for the court.
He further charged Edo youth, men and women to rally round the NRM candidate, Stevie Ozono in next month’s poll, adding that Ozono is the man that would bring succour, relief, development and prosperity to the state.