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Court Nullifies Edo PDP Primary Election, Citing Delegate Exclusion

Boom RadioNG | July 4, 2024
Asue Ighodalo, PDP Governorship Candidate

The Federal High Court in Abuja has thrown the Edo State governorship race into disarray after nullifying the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election that produced Asue Ighodalo as the candidate.

Reason for Invalidation:

Justice Inyang Ekwo, who delivered the judgement ruled that the primary election, conducted on February 22, 2024, was invalid due to the unlawful exclusion of 378 delegates. This exclusion violated both the Electoral Act 2022 and the PDP’s internal guidelines.

The Lawsuit:

The suit challenging the primary was filed by Kelvin Mohammed, acting in a representative capacity for the aggrieved delegates.

Parallel Primaries:

The judgement adds a new layer of complexity to the Edo PDP race. News reports indicated that while some delegates were undergoing accreditation at the designated venue, the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, another faction gathered at a separate facility on Commercial Avenue. This parallel primary reportedly produced former Deputy Governor Philip Shuaibu as the PDP candidate.

Asue Ighodalo, PDP Governorship Candidate

Asue Ighodalo, PDP Governorship Candidate

The Shuaibu faction claimed they were barred from attending the official accreditation at Edo Hotel Marquee by security forces. They further alleged irregularities with the delegate list published by the PDP national leadership, including the presence of names from Bayelsa State and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Uncertainties Remain:

The court’s decision throws the PDP’s Edo State candidacy into question. It remains unclear whether the party will conduct a fresh primary or appeal the judgement.

Written by Boom RadioNG

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