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In its ruling, a Federal High Court in Abakaliki has once again declared the rescheduled People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) primaries in Ebonyi invalid saying that it was not monitored by the electoral umpire.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Fatun Riman, Tuesday, recognised Dr Ifeanyi-Chukwuma Odii as authentic Gubernatorial Candidate of the party for the 2023 polls.
Odii asserted that the repeated primaries in the state were invalid because it was not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
‘The rescheduled primaries were not done in line with the law.
‘We, therfore, recognise the primaries of May 28 and 29 that elected Odii as governorship candidate in Ebonyi and that is our judgment.
The Eastern Updates recalls that the party rescheduled and conducted fresh primaries on June 4 and 5, which produced Sen. Obinna Ogba as the gubernatorial candidate.
The party thus disregarded the outcome of the May 28 and 29 primaries.
It will also be recalled that an Appeal Court in Abuja had earlier on Tuesday ordered for a fresh trial of the suit by the Federal High Court, Abakaliki.
The order was made to enable the appellant to be heard, pursuant to the principle of natural justice.
The Counsel for Odii, Mr Mudi Erhenede (a.k.a Anyichuks), thanked the court for the judgement.
The court has revisited the suit for fair hearing and ruled that the rescheduled PDP primaries remain invalid.