Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A Lokoja High has ruled that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has no candidate in the November 16 governorship election in the state.
Justice John Olorunfemi of the state high court 4 in a ruling on Thursday declared that the primary conducted on 3rd September 2019 which produce Engineer Musa Wada as the flag bearer of PDP was fraught with irregularities such an hour-long downpour and sporadic gunshots which led to delegate scampering for safety cannot be said to be fair enough to produce a candidate.
The ruling was in respect of a pre-election matter filled by the eldest son of a former governor of the state, Ibrahim Idris, Abubakar challenging the candidature of Musa Wada as the flag bearer of the PDP in the November 16, 2019, governorship election.
The trial Judge said, “neither the claimant, Alhaji Abubakar Idris nor the defendant, Musa Wada can lay claim to being the authentic flag bearer of the PDP since the primary was inconclusive.”
He pointed out that the claimant who averred that he would have won the primary conducted by the 1st defendant if the missing votes which belonged to him were added to his votes, could not convince the court to deliver judgement in his favour.
Similarly, Justice Olorunfemi further submitted that the second defendant could not convince the court that he actually won the party primary, which was marred with rancour and acrimony, arising from pandemonium, due to sporadic gunshots, that compelled the participants to scamper for safety.