Edo: Court Nullifies Primary Election that Produced Ighodalo As Candidate

The Federal High Court in Abuja has invalidated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election that declared Asue Ighodalo as the party’s candidate for the upcoming governorship election in Edo State.

Justice Inyang Ekwo delivered the judgment on Thursday, ruling that the PDP primary held on February 22 did not adhere to the Electoral Act of 2022, the guidelines for the conduct of the election, and the party’s constitution.

According to Justice Ekwo, “Exhibit PDP 1 tendered by the party lacked evidence,” and the plaintiffs successfully established their case against the defendants through the exhibits presented.

The judge criticized the conduct of the returning officers involved in preparing the result sheets, stating that they merely manufactured the poll outcome from a single location. He also noted that the exclusion of 381 delegates, including the plaintiffs, violated legal provisions.

Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) appeared in the suit and pledged to abide by the court’s decision, the judge expressed disappointment that INEC did not file any process in the case.