The crisis trailing the Governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party that produced their governorship candidates have taken another dimension.
The Young People’s Party, (YPP) has filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Awka, Anambra State to challenge the processes.
Senator Andy Uba and Valentine Ozigbo had emerged as the standard-bearers of the APC and the PDP, respectively, ahead of the November 6 governorship election in the South-East state. YPP candidate in the election is Senator representing Anambra South, Ifeanyi Uba.
In the suit filed by YPP counsel, D.C Nwigwe, SAN, the party, amongst other prayers is asking the court to determine the validity of the primaries conducted by the two major political parties in the country which produced their standard-bearers.
Citing Provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act, the YPP counsel noted that both documents were observed in the breach by the political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The YPP governorship candidate in the forthcoming election is asking Federal High Court to interpret Section 285 (14)(c) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), Section 87(1) of the Electoral Act (2010) as amended, and the Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of party primaries as provided by the INEC for the conduct of the 2021 Anambra State Gubernatorial Election in view of the primary elections that the PDP and the APC conducted in the state.
In suit No. FHC/AWK/C5/53/21 in which INEC, PDP and APC were joined as defendants, the YPP asked the Court to determine the validity or otherwise of the purported Primary which the PDP conducted on 26th June 2021. According to the YPP, in view of Rule 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 of the guidelines for the Conduct of Political Parties Primaries 2018, the court should determine if the PDP’s purported primary is valid following the party’s failure to submit its delegates list 7 days before the date of the primaries.
The party further referenced the judgement of the FCT High Court in Suit No. FCT/HC/BW/CV/160/2021 between Akaeze Ugochukwu Vincent and Peoples Democratic Party, and the decision of the Supreme Court in APC V. Marafa (2020) 6 NWLR (Pt. 1721) and asked the Court to determine if INEC is right not to have barred the PDP from holding the purported Primary on 26th June 2021 that produced Valentine Ozigbo as the party’s flag bearer for the state’s 2021 governorship election and from further participation in the process of nomination of candidates for the aforementioned election.
In a related development, the YPP on Friday, asked the Federal High Court, Awka to determine whether the purported Primary conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on 26th June 2021 produced Senator Andy Uba as the party’s flag bearer is void or otherwise. In Suit No. FHC/AWK/C5/52/21, the party through D.C DeNwigwe, SAN, asked the Court to determine the validity of the aforementioned Primary in view of Section 285 (14)(c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), Section 87(1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and Guidelines for the Conduct of Party Primaries as provided by INEC and the Commission’s Monitoring Committee Report on the purported Primary conducted by the APC.