Edo guber: Court declines request to stop PDP’s primary

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, February 22, declined to grant an order to stop the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from proceeding with its scheduled primary election to nominate a candidate for the forthcoming governorship poll in Edo state.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in rulings on two ex-parte applications, ordered the applicants to put the PDP on notice for the party to attend court on the next date to show the cause why the request by the applicants should not been granted.

The first, marked: FHC /ABJ /CS/ 195/2024 was filed by Adizetu Hadizat Audrey Abosede Adunni Umoru, while the second, marked: FHC /ABJ /CS/ 196/2024 was jointly filed by Moses Adomokha Alabi and Christopher Ebode Oboarere.

Listed as respondents in both suits are – the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDP, Acting National Chairman, Umar Damagum, Setonji Koshoedo, the National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP.

In their applications dated and filed February 19, the applicants want an interim order restraining the defendants from using the list of ward congresses held on February 4, to conduct the PDP’s primary in Edo State, slated for February 22 or any other date pending the hearing and determination of the main suit.

While moving both applications, Magaji Ibrahim (SAN) noted that the primary election would amount to a nullity if allowed to hold, because the process that produced the delegates was defective.

Ibrahim said the PDP trampled upon the judgment of the court delivered on January 9, this year, when the Acting National Secretary of the PDP announced the information of the ward congresses.

He recalled that the court had in the January 9 judgment declared Senator Samuel Anyannwu as the substantive National Secretary of the PDP, adding that rather than comply with the judgment the party went ahead to appoint an Acting National Secretary in flagrant disobedience of the court.

The applicants claimed that the action of the acting National Secretary amounted to an illegality and by extension the product of the ward congresses held on February 4, 2024.

They therefore prayed to the court to restrain the party and INEC from making use of the list of delegates from the alleged defective congresses.

Ruling, Justice Ekwo noted that the applications are seeking to arrest the conduct of the primary.

He ordered the applicants to put the defendants on notice to enable them to appear before the court and show cause why the relief being sought should not be granted.

The judge then adjourned till February 28 for a hearing.

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