The judge presiding over the suit challenging the qualification of Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC ) in the September 19 gubernatorial election in Edo state , Justice Taiwo Taiwo has withdrawn from the suit.
The Judge opted out of the suit on Thursday following another petition filed against him by one of the counsel in the APC legal team.
When the matter was called on thursday, just Immediately after lawyers in the suit announced their appearances for proceedings to begin, Justice Taiwo cut them short and announced that he was no longer prepared to go ahead with the matter.
Justice Taiwo who almost broke into tears in the open court when he announced receipt of the second petition against him regretted that his integrity has been maliciously called to question therefore he can no longer proceed with the case
According to justice Taiwo, the spate at which politicians write petitions against judges should be declared a pandemic and should be checked and he does not have any affiliation with any of the parties in this case.
The Judge subsequently remitted the case to the Chief Judge for reassignment to another Judge.
The All Progressive Congress APC had in a separate petition two weeks ago raised strong opposition to the speedy hearing of the suit seeking disqualification of its governorship candidate from the election.