AHigh Court sitting in Benin, Edo State capital, yesterday adjourned hearing till tomorrow in a suit seeking to restrain the All Progressives Congress (APC) from recognising Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as a governorship aspirant of the party in the June 22 primaries in the state.
Justice Emmanuel Ahamioje at the resumed sitting gave the defendants 24 hours within which to file their response.
The court had earlier refused to grant exparte application seeking to restrain the All Progressives Congress from recognising Osagie Ize-Iyamu as an aspirant in the party’s governorship primaries slated for next week.
The state factional Deputy Chairman of the party, Mr. Kenneth Asekomhe, as well as Benjamin Oghumu, Mathew Ogbebor and Unweni Nosa had jointly instituted the suit to challenge the membership waiver granted to Ize-Iyamu by the National Working Committee of the APC.
The defendants in the suit, which include the All Progressives Congress; Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and Osagie Ize-Iyamu stated that the court had no jurisdiction to meddle in the internal affairs of the party.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, Counsel to the first and second defendants, Victor Ohiosumua, told newsmen that they were supposed to take their first and second preliminary objections and originating summons together.
“But unfortunately, as we were moving for the first and second preliminary objections, we were just served today by the Clerk and the rules of court are very clear on the subject that we need time to file our response because of that the case could not go on today,” he stated.