The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election held in the state that produced Asue Ighodalo as the candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial poll in Edo State has been invalidated by a federal high court sitting in Abuja.

CANDID REPORTERS gathered that on Thursday, Inyang Ekwo, presiding judge, ruled that the PDP primary held on February 22 failed to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and the party’s constitution.

Ekwo held that from the exhibit tendered in court, the returning officers who prepared the result sheets only sat in one place to falsify the outcome of the poll.

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He said the exclusion of the 381 delegates, including the plaintiffs, was against the provisions of the law.

The judge further held that even though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) filed a memorandum of appearance in the suit, it was unfortunate that the commission did not file any process in the case.

Rather, the electoral umpire had said they would abide by whatever the ruling of the court is.

“I found that the case of the plaintiffs succeeds on merit,” he said.

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Three aggrieved ad hoc delegates had filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/165/2024 on behalf of the 378 other delegates.

The plaintiffs are Kelvin Mohammed, Gabriel Okoduwa and Ederaho Osagie, on behalf of the 378 others in 12 LGAs and 127 wards.

INEC, the PDP, its national secretary and the vice chairman of the south-south, were joined as 1st to 4th defendants in the suit.

The 381 delegates are those loyal to Philip Shaibu, the impeached deputy governor of the state.

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