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Oshiomhole vs Obazee: Judge hands-off case

THE suit against Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State by the sacked chairman of Oredo Local Government, Mr. Osaro Obazee, over his removal from office, yesterday, suffered a setback as an Edo State High Court judge, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, has washed her hands off the case. It will be recalled that Obazee had in September last year, approached the court challenging his removal from office by Edo State House of Assembly and Governor Oshiomhole over alleged financial impropriety, among other allegations.

Oshiomhole-Obazee Judgment in the case had been fixed for February 23, but was deferred after counsel to the claimant, Mr Kingsley Obamogie, brought a new application before the court on the removal of his client from office by the defendants. When the case came up for hearing yesterday, Justice Ikponmwen said that the case file would be sent to the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Cromwell Idahosa, to re-assign to another judge at a later date that would be communicated to the parties involved. She said: “I cannot continue with the case,” admitting however that “there could be interests which are personal.” The judge warned parties in the suit not to speculate because no reason was given by the court. In his reaction, counsel to the claimant, Obamogie, said that the decision of the court was frustrating the cause of justice. “We get frustrated when we have this kind of matter. We are not happy. We cannot be satisfied. Everyone is out to get justice,” he said.

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