BREAKING: Tension as Court Gives Fresh Verdict on PDP Rerun Election in Imo State
- The planned Imo State rerun primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Aboh-Mbaise/Ngorokpala Federal Constituency has been put on hold
- This is as the Appeal Court in its recent verdict on Thursday, February 2, barred INEC from conducting the election
- The judge held that the primary be stopped, pending the hearing and final determination of the applicant’s appeal before the Supreme Court
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A report by The Punch has it that the Appeal Court in Owerri, the Imo state capital, has barred the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from conducting a rerun primary election.
In a ruling on Thursday, February 1, the court ruled that the planned rerun of the opposition party for the Aboh Mbaise/ Ngor Okpala federal constituency of the state be put on hold, in line with the stay of execution order given on Tuesday, January 31st, by Justice Rita Pemu of the Court of Appeal in Owerri.
Court stops PDP's rerun election in Imo, gives strong reason
Meanwhile, an Abuja federal high court had last week cancelled the PDP primary election for Aboh Mbaise/ Ngor Okpala federal constituency which produced Albert Agulanna as the winner and ordered a rerun primary election within the next 14 days.
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Justice Rita Pemu, who heard an appeal filed by Uzoma Ugochukwu against PDP, INEC, Bede Eke and Albert Agulanna, ordered that the proposed rerun primary election be halted pending the hearing and the determination of the applicant’s appeal before the supreme court.
Atiku suffers fresh defeat as court nullifies his strong ally's election, orders fresh primary
Legit.ng earlier reported that a federal high court in Kaduna nullified the primary of the PDP for the Kaduna central senatorial district over irregularities.
The June primary had produced Lawal Adamu, a strong ally of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as the party's candidate for the senatorial district.
But Justice Garba Umar stated that all the complaints by the plaintiff, Usman Ibrahim, are substantial and, therefore, ordered the court to conduct a fresh primary within 14 days.
Powerful Southeast governor wins appeal against sacking judgment
In another report, the sacking of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state and his deputy has been reversed by an appeal court sitting in Abuja.
Justice Haruna Tsanami-led 3-man panel said that there is no punishment in the Nigeria constitution for governors and their deputies who decamped to another political party.
Governor Umahi and his deputy were sacked by a federal high court on March 8 for leaving the PDP and joining the APC.