Again, Federal High Court affirms Chukwuma Odii as Ebonyi PDP gov candidate

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, has mandated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to transmit the names of the candidates that emanated its primary held in the State May 28 and 29 this year to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, without delay.

Justice Fatun Riman gave the orders
in it’s judgement in a suit marked “FHC/AI/CS/105/2022” brought by Chief Chukwuma Odi Ifeanyi against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and Senator Obinna Joseph Ogba.

The court has similarly ordered INEC, its agents, servants and workmen among others from recognizing, in any manner whatsoever, the purported primary elections allegedly held by the PDP in Ebonyi State on the 4th and 5th of June this year.

By the judgement, Chief Chukwuma Odi Ifeanyi is now the legally recognized PDP governorship candidate in the State.

The court further granted a declaration
that the Peoples Democratic Party could not have held any valid House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate primaries in Ebonyi State on 4/6/2022 and 5/6/2022 and Governorship primary Selection on 5/6/2022 in Ebonyi State.

The court in its judgement declared as illegal the primary elections that produced Senator Obinna Joseph Ogba, as the candidate of the party.

Describing the process that produced Senator Ogba as unconstitutional, the court also set aside the primary elections of the House of Assembly, House of Representatives, and Senate of th party.

Justice Riman, in his judgement said over 90% of the 3-man ward ad-hoc delegates of the party did not participate and was not also monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The plaintiff, had in the suit approached the court, sitting in Abakaliki, the state capital, to set aside the primary elections.

After considering the processes filed by parties and submissions of counsel in the matter, the court held, “It is hereby ordered as follows:That a declaration that the purported House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senates and
Governorship primary elections of the
Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi State held on 4/6/2022 and 5/6/2022 is unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever, for offending the provisions of the said extant Acts referred to above and the valid and subsistence order of a court of competent jurisdiction is granted.

“That a declaration that the Peoples Democratic Party could not have held any valid House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senates primaries in Ebonyi State on 4/6/2022 and 5/6/2022 and Governorship primary Selection on 5/6/2022 in Ebonyi State whereat one Senator Obinna Joseph Ogba could have emerged as Governorship candidate of the Peoples. Democratic Party in Ebonyi State as over 90% of the 3-man ward ad-hoc delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party did not participate and the Independent National Electoral Commission did not monitor the said primaries is granted.

“That an order of court restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission for itself, its agents, servants, workmen, etc from recognizing in any manner whatsoever the purported primary elections allegedly held by the Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi State on 4/6/2022 and 5/6/2022 is granted.

“That an order of court mandating the Peoples Democratic Party for itself, its agents, servants, workmen, etc to transmit the names of the candidates that emanated from the primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi State on 28/5/2022 and 29/5/2022 which said results are in custody of the Peoples Democratic Party is granted.”

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