Court Nullifies PDP Governorship Primary in Edo State

On Thursday, a Federal High Court in Abuja invalidated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election that declared Asue Ighodalo as the party’s candidate for the upcoming governorship election in Edo State.

Justice Inyang Ekwo ruled that the PDP’s primary held on February 22nd did not comply with the Electoral Act, 2022, the guidelines for the conduct of the poll, and the party’s constitution. The judge stated that the Exhibit PDP 1 presented by the party lacked evidence, while the plaintiffs successfully proved their case against the defendants with the exhibits tendered.

Justice Ekwo pointed out that the returning officers who prepared the result sheets fabricated the outcome of the poll. He noted that the exclusion of the 381 delegates, including the plaintiffs, was against the law. Despite the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) filing a memorandum of appearance, the commission did not submit any process in the case and only agreed to abide by the court’s decision.

“I found that the case of the plaintiffs succeeds on merit,” Ekwo said.

The three aggrieved ad-hoc delegates, representing 378 others, sued INEC, the PDP, its national secretary, and the vice-chairman, south-south, as the first to fourth defendants. The plaintiffs sought orders to prevent the defendants from excluding them and the other delegates from participating in the February 22nd primaries in Edo State.

The plaintiffs, including Hon Kelvin Mohammed, Mr Gabriel Okoduwa, and Mr Ederaho Osagie, argued that it was in the interest of justice for their reliefs to be granted.


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