The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked a federal high court sitting in Abuja to dismiss a suit seeking to stop its presidential primary.
candidreporters.com recalls that Cosmas Ndukwe, a former deputy speaker of Abia state house of assembly, had on April 28 asked the court to stop the party’s presidential primary election because it has not zoned the ticket to the south-east.
In its notice of preliminary objection marked FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2022, PDP pointed out that the cause of Ndukwe’s action relates to the internal affairs of the party, and it is non-justiciable.
The party added that the court lacks the requisite jurisdiction to entertain Ndukwe’s prayer.
It also noted that the suit is statute-barred, that is, the plaintiff filed his motion later than the stipulated 14 days.
Candidreporters.com gathered that Ndukwe’s cause of action arose over a rumour that the party has thrown its presidential ticket open.
On April 5, Samuel Ortom (Benue governor) led zoning committee submitted its recommendation to the national executive council (NEC) of the party for further action.
On April 6, Ortom appeared on the ‘Morning Show’ on Arise TV to clear the air that his committee did not recommend the party throw its presidential ticket open.
On April 19, Ndukwe filed the suit seeking a halt to the May 28 proposed presidential primary date.
The court had earlier fixed May 5 for the hearing, during which the party is expected to show cause why the ex parte motion should not be granted.