PDP Primaries: Court Orders Agbaje To Stop Parading Himself As Governorship Candidate
A court in Abuja has issued an order restraining the winner of the Lagos Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries, Jimi Agbaje from parading himself as the party’s candidate.
The Federal High Court issued the order on Wednesday, December 17, instructing the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to maintain the status quo regarding the controversial December 8 primaries until the case before it is determined.
Agbaje was declared the winner of the elections but the results were challenged by another aspirant, Musiliu Obanikoro due to the fact that the number of votes recorded, 863, was higher than the number of the 806 accredited voters.
Obanikoro described the polls as a sham and accused party leader, Bode George of manipulating the results.
The former Minister of State for Defence took legal action against the PDP after the 48-hour deadline stipulated in the party’s Electoral Guidelines to address such grievances elapsed without a response from the party.
Obanikoro is asking the court to cancel the exercise and order the party to schedule a re-run.
He also stated that Agbaje is unqualified to contest for governorship on the platform of the PDP due to the fact that he had only been in the party for six months and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP had not granted him a waiver.
The case has been adjourned to December 23 to enable the PDP and INEC to appear before the court.