Justice Taiwo withdraws from suit seeking disqualification of Ize-Iyamu
The suit seeking to disqualify Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu from the forthcoming Edo state election has suffered a setback. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, a presiding judge sitting on the case, has finally withdrawn from the case amid mounting pressure from different quarters including the ruling party.
It would be recalled that All Progressives Congress (APC) called for the withdrawal of Justice Taiwo from the suit seeking to disqualify its flagbearer amid litigation and counter-lawsuits preluding the Edo guber election. The suit seeking Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s disqualification for Edo guber race has hit a huge setback.
In the petition addressed to the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, the ruling party claimed that Justice Taiwo is a close ally of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
APC said that justice might elude the ruling party and its candidate Ize-Iyamu should Justice Taiwo continue with the case. Justice Taiwo has consequently announced his decision to return the case file to Justice John Tsoho for re-assignment to another judge of the court.
Edo governorship election has been scheduled for September 19 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Two chieftains of the APC, Momoh Abdul-Razak and Zibiri Muhizu had dragged Ize-Iyamu to court over alleged perjury in the suit with number FHC/ABJ/ CS/758/2020.