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Fresh reports reaching the desk of The Eastern Updates have revealed that a Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, have ultimately dismissed a suit which was seeking to nullify Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Abia State.
Seven plaintiffs Messers: Ndudi Nwagbara, Egege Ikedichi, Ochulo Ulonam Junior, Onyedikachi Abaribe, Smile Esinna, Francis Oparocha and Chikwe Chigozie had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); the PDP; and the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; as the first, second and third defendants respectively.
The plaintiffs, had among other prayers, asked the court to sack all the Abia PDP candidates for the 2023 general elections because the three-man delegates election which produced them never held.
Delivering judgement on the matter, the presiding judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadike held that the conduct of party delegate congress was entirely an internal affair of a political party and not justiciable in law.
The court held that “no law gives delegates right of action” in court to challenge the conduct of delegate congress.
According to Justice Anyadike, the suit can only be justiciable in the court if it were brought by an aspirant who participated in a primary election. The court subsequently dismissed the suit after resolving it in favour of the defendants, declaring that the plaintiffs lacked locus to sue.
In another report, ahead of next year’s next years guber polls, the governorship candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Abia State, Professor Uche Ikonne, has asserted that contrary to speculations, he would not be a stooge to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu if elected.
Professor Ikonne made the declaration while inaugurating his campaign council in Umuahia North Local Government Area, saying that those speculating that he would be a puppet were out to blackmail him.
He pointed out that his performance as the Vice Chancellor, Abia State University Uturu, did not in anyway suggest that he would be a stooge.