Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, has ordered the National Rescue Mission (NRM) to paste the court processes of the suit seeking to disqualify the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his running mate, Audu Ganiyu in the September 19, governorship election in Edo State at the party’s National Headquarters located at No 40 Blantyre Street, Wuse II, Abuja.
Justice Mohammed gave the order while ruling on ex parte application for substituted service filed by National Rescue Movement Party that was argued by Valatine Offia.
The plaintiff is seeking the exclusion of the APC and its candidate in the forthcoming governorship poll on alleged unlawful nomination.
In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/743/2020 and filed on August 6, 2020, the plaintiffs claimed that the letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) containing the names of Ize-iyamu and his eputy was signed by the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the APC instead of the party’s National Chairman and Secretary.
Defendants in the suit are the All Progressives Congress, Independent National Electoral Commission, Osagie Ize-iyamu and Audu Ganiyu as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.
The APC’s National Executive Committee had on June 25, dissolved the Oshiomhole led National Working Committee (NWC) and appointed a Caretaker Committee headed by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.
At last week’s sitting, the plaintiff had accused Ize-iyamu and his deputy, Audu Ganiyu of evading service and prayed court to order service on them through the national headquarters of the APC in Abuja.
In a short ruling, Justice Mohammed ordered that the originating processes and hearing notice be served on them through the APC headquarters in Abuja.
“Having listened to the applicant counsel and carefully looked at the ten paragraphs affidavit, and an exhibit attached to the application, I am satisfied that the prayer should be granted and hereby grant the prayers”, the judge held.