Federal High Court nullifies PDP rescheduled primaries, upholds Odii’s emergence

The Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State on Tuesday nullified the gubernatorial primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which produced Senator Obinna Ogba as the candidate of the party.

Senator Ogba, who is representing Ebonyi Central senatorial zone in the national assembly, was elected as the governorship candidate of the PDP in a primary election held on the 4th and 5th of June 2022.

The Court, however, upheld the first gubernatorial primary election held on 28 and 29th May 2022, wherein a business mogul, Chukwuma Ifeanyi Odii emerged the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state.

Recall that the first primary election that produced Chukwuma Ifeanyi Odii was cancelled by the National Working Committee, NWC, of PDP as a result of a violation of party guidelines and that the committee that conducted the election did not form a quorum.

The presiding Judge, Justice Fauten Riman in his ruling upheld that the gubernatorial primaries election of the PDP held on the 4th and 5th did not meet the new electoral law and the guidelines of the party and thereafter, declared it illegal and unlawful.

It was gathered that Senator Obinna Ogba had collected his certificate of return from the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the time of filing this report.

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