By Sanni Fregene, Edo.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, its national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, national secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC among others to ensure that only those who emerged as delegates in the ad-hoc delegates’ election monitored by INEC in Edo State partake in the party primaries to choose candidates for the various elective political offices.
The order was made by Justice I. E. Ekwo on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, and was upon an exparte motion brought by some of the special delegates on the behalf of others.
According online reports that the delegates who brought the motion are all believed to be aligned with the Chief Dan Orbih-led tendency that is in control of the mainstream of the party in Edo State. Attempts by those aligned to Governor Godwin Obaseki to wrest control of the process have largely been unfruitful with the party base remaining cohesive under the patronage of Orbih, the former state chairman now national vice-chairman, South-South.
The plaintiffs who brought the case on behalf of the 19 National Delegates were Fred Attah, Henry Amienkhenan, Gideon Rakhine, and Prince Tijani Ugbodaga.
In the affidavit of claim, they affirmed that they were elected during May 10, 2022, Local Government Congresses and as such that no other person outside those who emerged should be given the right as national delegates in the primary elections.
Having considered their plea, the judge gave the order as follows:
An Order of interim mandatory injunction directing the Defendants/Respondents to recognize the Plaintiffs/Applicants and all those delegates whose names are contained in Exhibit
A12 and A12A are attached to the Affidavit in Support of this Motion Ex-Parte who were elected during the Local Government Area Congress of the 1st Defendant/Respondents on the 10th day of May 2022 to participate fully and vote at the forthcoming Delegates/Primary Elections of the 1st Defendant in Edo State and the Special National Convention of the 1st Defendant for the election of the 1st Defendant’s Presidential Candidate pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
Our correspondent reports that the court order paves way for the delegates belonging to the mainstream of the party aligned to Orbih to produce the candidates of the party in the forthcoming General Election.