By Orobosa Omo-Ojo JP
On December 18, 2017, Mr. Godwin Ogbemudia Adenomo was sworn in as elected member of Edo State House of Assembly, sequel to the Supreme Court judgement that recognised him as the valid nominated candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the Ovia South West state Constituency.
Before this day, he served as Senior Special Assistant to Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole and later Executive Director from 2009 to 2014. He resigned to seek the party’s ticket.
In 2011, Late Godwin Adenomo had earlier joined the keenly contested Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN primaries when he participated and lost the State Assembly ticket to Sunday Aghedo.
His records as party man and his willingness to take risks as well as his courageous confidence are replete in Edo State political history.
The Supreme Court sacked Mr. Sunday Aghedo of the All Progressive Congress, APC, who held sway for about two years as legislator representing Ovia South West Constituency after the result of the primary was said to have been doctored. He was also ordered by the apex court to refund all salaries and allowances he collected from Edo State House of Assembly from May 2015.
On April 11, 2015, in a unanimous judgment, a five-man panel of Justices, declared Adenomo as the bonafide winner of the highly contentious primary held in Iguobazuwa, headquarters of Ovia South West Local Government Area.
The Court panel affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Benin which had earlier declared that Adenomo was the authentic winner of the primary election APC conducted for the constituency on December 2, 2014.
Justice Dantijo Mohammed ordered the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly to immediately swear in the late Adenomo as a member of the Assembly to represent his Constituency.
Both the Supreme and appellate court had noted that the pre-election matter arose from a primary election in which Adenomo scored the highest votes cast, having secured 152 votes as against 140 that was scored by the appellant, Sunday Aghedo.
Dissatisfied with the decision of the party’s appeal panel, Adenomo did what many politicians dread to do, and dragged APC and the primary election Committee to court, and accused them of imposing Aghedo on Ovia South West APC members.
He accused the party of denying him the ticket that was freely given to him at the primary election.
In the pre election matter that was brought before the Federal High Court in Benin City, the lower court ordered the APC to conduct a fresh primary for the pick the ticket, but the resilient Mr. Godwin Ogbemudia Adenomo objected and went upstairs for redress.
The Supreme Court judgement, Godwin Adenomo versus Sunday Aghedo, APC and others will remain a landmark in Nigeria’s intra party reckless conduct of primary election.
Godwin Ogbemudia Adenomo who died earlier today November 11, 2020, was never to be cowed, especially on his expectations for an egalitarian and just society!