Court Restates Order Baring Imo PDP From Conducting Fresh Ad-hoc Delegates Congress

Court Restates Order Baring Imo PDP From Conducting Fresh Ad-hoc Delegates Congress

By Deborah Musa, Abuja

A FCT High Court Abuja has reaffirmed its order barring the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from conducting fresh Ad Hoc delegates Congress or using any Ad Hoc list for its primaries. 

The Court at the resumed hearing Friday, maintained that it would nullify any primary election conducted in the State if the Party violated its valid and subsisting order and conducted any primary election with the already voided list or any other Ad Hoc list pending the determination of the Suit by the Court.

On its own part, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which is also a party to the Suit has stated that it would abide by the Court order and will not accord any recognition to any Ad Hoc Delegates list or the result of any primary election in the State conducted with any purported Ad Hoc delegates list.

The Commission has also in a letter to the National Chairman of the PDP stated that it would only recognize primary elections results conducted with only statutory delegates.

Opposition Coalition Spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, has hailed the Court decision and has urged the party leadership to save Imo PDP from extinction by taking a categorical stand and obey the Court as well as the directives of INEC and call the National Secretary to order and drop all attempts to use the unlawful Ad Hoc delegates list to conduct primaries as doing otherwise may ultimately lead to the party being excluded from the ballot in the State.

It will be recalled that the FCT High Court had on 6th May, 2022 restrained both the PDP and INEC from recognizing the outcome of the 3-man Ad Hoc delegates election of the Party held on 30th April, 2022 or any other date an order the PDP failed to vacate in its application on the 17th May leaving the party with no other options but to conduct all its primaries in the state with the statutory delegates.


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