- With a few hours to go before the PDP primary elections, there are fears that the exercise may not take place due to litigation and disagreements over the list of delegates
- A The opposition party member, whose name has not been released, has reportedly asked a court to halt the May 28 presidential primary of the Electoral Law, Section 84(8)
FCT, Abuja – About 24 hours to the start of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary election, the opposition party is grappling with disputes over the list of authentic delegates.
Litigation also threatens the exercises, according to a report by Vanguard on Thursday, May 19.
The newspaper explained that the National Labor Committee (NWC), headed by Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has spent much time deliberating on the issue on s at a regular session on Wednesday, May 18.
PDP member asks court to stop presidential primaries
However, a member of the party is also in court seeking an order to halt the May 28 presidential primary over the party’s refusal to subdivide its presidential ticket according to its constitution.
The hearing at the Lawsuit continues on Wednesday, May 25.
Meanwhile, to ensure a successful primary election in May November, PDP National Secretary Senator Samuel Anyanwu demanded on Thursday , May 19, ordered Judge Donatus Okorowo of the Abuja Federal Court to dismiss the lawsuit seeking to stop the party’s planned presidential primaries.
Anyanwu blamed Judge Okorowo in a petition he addressed to the Chief Justice of the Court, Judge Joh n Tsoho, who relayed bias.
The PDP writer urged the CJ, through his solicitor Kalu Agu, to refer the case to another High Court judge for a fair decision.
Buhari should sign the amended electoral law – PDP
On Wednesday, May 18, PDP National PR Secretary Debo Ologunagba criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for his alleged reluctance to sign the amended Electoral Law (s ction 84 (8)) that would require elected officials to participate in primary elections.
According to him, the Delaying part of the ruling party’s plot to disrupt the preparations of the political opposition parties to disenfranchise Nigerians.
“It is not surprising but disappointing and confusing. To this day, the parties do not know exactly who the delegates are, and democracy thrives on certainty.
“The APC is not a political party. It was cobbled together as a special vehicle to seize power. Now she is in power and see where she has taken us.”
It has been noted that, in addition to the superdelegates, the PDP also has problems with some state delegates, notably Anambra.
Senator Mark complains about peaceful PDP primaries
Meanwhile, amid the furor, the chairman of the PDP 2023 National Convention Organizing Committee, Senator David Mark appealed to party loyalists across the country to soak up the spirit of sportsmanship in conducting the primaries.
In a statement ahead of the party primaries, Senator Mark urged party men and women to adhere to the Rules of the game.
The former Senate President said “the party has clear guidelines and rules for the exercises. Every aspirant should be guided by the processes. The party will not compromise any of the rules.”
2023: INEC reacts as political parties seek adjustment of election timetable
Meanwhile, despite the provisions of the 2022 Elections Act, eighteen registered political parties, under the auspices of the Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC), have called for an adjustment to the 2023 general election timetable.
Yes INEC Chair Professor Mahmood Yakubu said in response to the call that there would be no review of the party primary timetable.