Gov’ship primary: Asue candidacy intact – PDP 

The campaign organisation of the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Edo state governorship election has said the ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja on the party’s delegate election did not invalidate the outcome of the party’s primary election which produced the party’s flag bearer, Dr. Asue Ighodalo and his running mate, Osarodion Ogie Esq.

The Director General of the campaign organisation, Hon. Matthew Iduorikemwen disclosed this to journalists in his reaction to the ruling.

Iduorikemwen expressed confident that the court decision would not survive the test of appeal, adding that “all necessary steps in that regard are already being actively pursued.”

According to him, “Today, July 4, 2024, the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo entered a judgment in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/165 of 2024 which was filed by some  persons.

“These persons claimed that they were authentic delegates wrongly excluded from participating in the choice of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo state.”

Continuing, the campaign organisation said: “in a strange development and contrary to a long line of Appellate Courts’ decision on the subject, the Hon. Justice held that the issue of ward congresses and choice of the delegates, is a justiciable matter.

“It must be noted that the Edo state PDP and the specific court involved in this matter have a history on exactly this same point in which the Appellate Court had cause to set aside similar decisions of that same court and to restate the law.

“The net result, therefore, is that contrary to the stories making the rounds, spread by mischief makers, the PDP primaries held on February 22, 2024, were not set aside and neither was any order given affecting the outcome of same.”