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Court decides on PDP presidential primary May 10

By Ameh Ochojila, Abuja
06 May 2022   |   2:41 am
Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned till May 10 hearing in a suit seeking to stop the May 28 presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned till May 10 hearing in a suit seeking to stop the May 28 presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The judge put off determination of the case following complaints by counsel to the plaintiff, Paul Erokoro (SAN), to the effect that affidavit by PDP showing cause on why the primary should not be stopped was served on him late on Wednesday.

Although, the suit was slated for hearing yesterday, Erokoro told Justice Okorowo that he needed time to respond to the reasons adduced by PDP against his client.

PDP lawyer, Mahmud Magaji (SAN) did not object to the request, prompting the presiding judge to adjourn till May 10 and ordering parties to file and exchange processes ahead of the day.

A PRESIDENTIAL aspirant and former Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmas Ndukwe, had on April 28, brought an ex-parte application for an order of injunction restraining the PDP from proceeding with its primary pending the hearing and determination of his suit challenging the party’s stance on zoning.

The first to fourth defendants in the suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2022, are PDP, its National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, Senator Samuel Anyanwu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

At yesterday’s proceedings, Erokoro stood for Ndukwe, Mahmud Magaji (SAN) for PDP, Kalu Agu for Anyanwu and Abdulahi Badmos for INEC.