2023: PDP’s Presidential Primary Under Threat Over Court Case

2023: PDP’s Presidential Primary Under Threat Over Court Case

  • The forthcoming PDP presidential primary election is already facing threats from a court case instituted by a party chieftain
  • Mindful of the consequences of allowing the hearing of the suit, the PDP has made moves to quash the case
  • The suit was filed by one Cosmos Ndukwe in a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to halt the primary election

FCT, Abuja - The hope of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to hold a crisis-free presidential primary appear to have been threatened as the party and one of its presidential aspirants, Cosmos Ndukwe lock horn in court.

Daily Sun newspaper reports that the PDP approached the Federal Court of Appeal in Abuja to quash the suit.

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The Iyorchia Ayu-led PDP has a few weeks to quash the court case against its presidential primary election. Photo credit: Peoples Democratic Party
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The party challenged the authority of the Federal High Court to hear the suit.

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Ndukwe had asked the lower court to stop the party’s primary election planning committee headed by Senator Samuel Anyanwu from going ahead with the exercise after he was declared ineligible to participate in the primary.

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Ndukwe further accused Anyanwu of anti-party activities and specifically prayed the court to halt the presidential primary until his suit is determined.

Though the presiding judge, Justice Donatus Okorowo did not grant the plaintiff’s request, he, however, asked the party and the primary election planning committee to appear before the court on Thursday, May 5 to show cause why the exercise should not be stopped.

Not satisfied with the decision of the court, Senator Anyanwu filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja praying that the order of Justice Okorowo be set aside.

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Among others, the appellant, (Senator Anyanwu) claimed that the judge erred in law by denying him a fair hearing in breach of section 36(1) of the 1999 Constitution.

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Meanwhile, a former minister of police affairs, Adamu Maina Waziri has called on the National Executive Committee of the party to allow the 4,200 delegates expected at the presidential convention to decide who would fly the ticket of the party.

ThisDay newspaper reports that Waziri also alleged that the issue of zoning in the party was being fuelled by external influences who are not members of the party.

He said the PDP was not obliged to zone its presidential ticket for the 2023 presidential election, saying the party was preoccupied to use any legitimate method to win the polls.

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In a related development, the Generation Next Collective, a group of youth and women’s organisations, has described Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as the finest candidate the PDP can field for the 2023 presidential election.

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As a result, the groups urged the party’s leadership to act quickly and be more explicit about the path the party plans to take in selecting its presidential candidate for the 2023 race.

GNC’s position was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng by its co-conveners, Barrister Ruth Edehemon and Malam Rufai Abdulahi, on Thursday, February 17.

2023: PDP more united, cohesive than ever, says Gov Ifeanyi Okowa

On his part, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Monday, March 14 said the PDP had never been stronger, cohesive, and more united than now and warned against acts that could undermine the new spirit in the party.

The Delta state governor said that if PDP faithful avoided acts that could cause distraction, the party would win massively in the 2023 general elections.

He made the remarks at the swearing-in of his senior political adviser and three special advisers at Government House, Asaba.

Source: Legit.ng

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