The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has quashed an exparte request filed by the embattled Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Rivers State, Farah Dagogo, which seeks to halt the party’s governorship primary in the state.
The court based its ruling on the grounds that the request was filed late and the applicant could not induce urgency on the court.
Dagogo, a serving lawmaker representing Degema-Bonny Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, who is being detained at the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre, is standing trial on two counts of conspiracy to felony and cultism at the Federal High Court Port Harcourt.
He is yet to be granted bail even as he had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Dagodo in a motion on notice filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, sought an order of interlocutory order restraining the PDP from using any list of aspirants without his name to conduct the May 26 primary election pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
It was gathered that he also sought an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC from accepting any candidate, who might emerge from the primary election without his participation.
The court presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo had ordered the PDP and INEC to show reasons why the PDP’s governorship primary should hold in Rivers without the detained aspirant.