A Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from using the results of the ward congresses conducted last week in Akwa Ibom State for the governorship primaries.
A suit was filled by Mr Godwin Obia (SAN), counsel for Umana Okon Umana, a governorship aspirant and former Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola granted the order ex-parte after hearing Obia in the case which also had the PDP chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as defendants.
The judge also ordered INEC not to recognise the results of the ward congresses for any purpose because Umana and his supporters were prevented from participating in the said congresses following a statement made by the PDP excluding him (Umana).
The court also issued an interim injunction restraining PDP from excluding or preventing Umana from participating in the governorship primaries slated for November 29, 2014, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by Umana.
Justice Ademola also issued an order of interim injunction against the PDP from acting on a press statement issued by the party’s national publicity secretary, Olisah Metuh on October 29, 2014, to the effect that only governorship aspirants from Eket senatorial district of Akwa Ibom State were eligible to contest the party’s primaries.
Umana had applied to the court to challenge the decision of PDP to exclude him from the party’s primary for the next governorship elections in the state.
In the suit, he asked the court to determine whether the PDP could exclude him from participating in the party primaries for the selection of its candidate for the state governorship election in 2015.
He sought an order of injunction restraining the party from excluding him from participating in the primaries.