PDP Primary Election in Edo Declared Invalid

The Federal High Court in Abuja has invalidated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election that named Asue Ighodalo as its governorship candidate for Edo State. The primary, held on February 22, 2024, was nullified due to the unlawful exclusion of 378 delegates, according to the court ruling.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, delivering the judgment, stated that the primary election was conducted in violation of both the Electoral Act 2022 and the PDP Guidelines. The judgment came in response to a lawsuit filed by Kelvin Mohammed on behalf of the aggrieved delegates who were excluded from the voting process.

The court found that the exclusion of these delegates undermined the legitimacy of the primary election, which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin. The ruling has significant implications for the PDP’s governorship race in Edo State, requiring the party to address the issues raised and potentially conduct a new primary election.

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