Court strikes out PDP suit seeking AbdulRazaq’s disqualification to participate in 2023 governorship election

Written by on January 13, 2023

The Federal High Court, Abuja has dismissed a suit by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) seeking an order to disqualify Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq from participating in the state’s 2023 governorship election.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in his judgment, dismissed the suit for being incompetent and an abuse of Court process, saying the PDP lacks the right to sue since it was not a participant in the APC governorship primaries that produced Governor AbdulRazaq.

The judge added that Section 29(5) of the Electoral Act 2022 provides that only an aspirant who participated in a party’s political primaries can seek to disqualify another aspirant, adding that there is no provision in the Electoral Act or the Constitution that gives a political party the legal right to challenge the candidacy of an aspirant. The Judge further observed that the governorship primaries being an internal affair of the APC, completely rules out the part of the PDP in seeking to dictate how it conducts its affairs.

The suit which was filed on August 4, 2022 had urged the court to make an order directing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delist the name of AbdulRazaq as a candidate of the APC for 2023 Kwara governorship election.

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