The crises rocking the Edo State Chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has taken a new twist with the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting by-elections to fill 14 seats of the Edo State House of Assembly.
The order was issued by Justice Ahmed Mohammed following an application filed by Damian Dodo on behalf of the elected members, whose seats were declared vacant by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, on December 4.
Mr Mohammed said parties in the suit should stay action pending the determination of the motion before the court, which has been adjourned to January 28, for hearing.
The elected members who filed the suit include: Washington Osifo, Victor Edoro, Vincent Uwadiae, Kingsley Ugabi, Michael Ohio-Ezomo, Sunday Aghedo and Chris Okaeben.
Others are Crosby Eribo, Aliyu Oshiomhole, Oshomah Ahmed, Ganiyu Audu, Ugiagbe Dumez, Uyi Ekhosuehi and Eric Okaka.
The suit dated December 10, 2019, has Mr Okiye and INEC as first and second respondents respectively.
Bittertuth Media recalls that the 14 embattled lawmakers are loyalists of the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole who are at loggerheads with the Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki.
While Gov.Obaseki is seeking reelection this year, the loyalists of Oshiomhole are hell-bent on replacing him.