A court ruling has stopped the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo state from using a fabricated result of the 3-man ad hoc delegates election which were not piloted in the election of candidates during its primaries.
In a Suit filed by one Mrs. Chidimma Nancy Uzomba against the PDP and INEC, Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court also granted an order restraining the PDP from allowing, recognising or giving effect to any purported delegates emanating from the stolen and or missing result sheets of Ideato North and Ideato South Local Government Areas 3-man ad hoc delegates election to vote in the primary election of the PDP in both Local Government Areas for the purpose of electing candidates for the 2023 general elections pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
The Claimant who is one of the aspirants cleared to contest the election for the Ideato Federal Constituency had approached the court following the stealing of the result sheets of the two Local Government Areas by the Chief of Staff to the party’s National, Secretary Sam Anyanwu and non-conduct of the delegates elections in the entire state and the controversy of a list being pushed by the Anyanwu as delegates for the election.
By this ruling, the Court has barred the PDP from conducting any other 3-man ad hoc delegates election and therefore leaves the party only with the option of conducting its primaries in the state with only the statutory delegates list.
The order further bars INEC from accepting from the PDP any list of candidates from Imo State who emerge from any primary election held with the list of the ill-fated delegates list.
Lawyers who hailed the judgment as an end to impunity in party politics said that all the 27 House of Assembly, 10 House of Representatives and 3 Senatorial candidates of the Party risk being disqualified and excluded from the election if the PDP does not strictly obey the orders of the Court as that was the fate that befell the APC in Rivers State which led to the Supreme Court excluding all its candidates from participating in the 2019 general election for not obeying an order of Court.
Also, a leading House of Representatives aspirant for Ideato North and South Federal Constituency and opposition coalition spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere described the judgment as victory for rule of law and a second chance for the PDP to save itself from technical exclusion.
The judge also granted accelerated hearing in the Suit, ordered abridgment of time for parties to file their processes and adjourned the matter to the 13th day of May, 2022 for hearing.