The case, FHC/B/CS/48/2020 Kenneth O. Asekomhe & Anor Vs APC & 3 Ors., challenging the decision of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC to pick its governorship candidate through the Direct Primary, came up for hearing today June 8, 2020, before Hon. Justice Umar of the FHC Benin Benin City, Edo State capital.
Today’s hearing followed the earlier Order of Court, directing the Defendants to show cause why the Orders sought in the exparte application by plaintiff should not be granted.
At the proceedings, various issues were raised to stall the hearing, there was a pending application for joinder which was argued to take priority. The 1st and 2nd Defendants also argued that they have filed Notices of Preliminary Objection which should also take priority.
Following the consideration of arguments by Counsel to parties, the Court delivered its Ruling and Ordered as follows;
“That all parties in the suit and their privies are hereby ordered not to do anything or proceed with any action relating to or concerning the procedure to be adopted or used by the 1st Defendant to conduct or hold the 1st Defendant primary election coming up next as scheduled pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
“That all applications in this suit and the response of parties shall be heard alongside the originating summons.
“That parties are hereby directed to file and serve their responses if any, to the processes served on them within 2days from today.
“That the Hearing of this suit is fixed for Thursday, 11th June, 2020, for hearing of all pending applications together with Originating Summons.”
No doubt, the outcome of this suit is a make or break for the rulling APC in Edo State.