Court Dismisses Suit by Impeached Edo Deputy Governor, Upholds PDP Primary Results

Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the impeached Edo Deputy Governor, Phillips Shuaibu, which sought to disqualify Asue Ighodalo as the winner of the February 22 governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State.

In his judgment, Justice Omotosho stated that Shuaibu lacked the locus standi to challenge the outcome of a primary election in which he did not participate.

The court noted that Shuaibu was not present at the venue of the primary on the day it was held.

Furthermore, the trial judge emphasized that Shuaibu failed to utilize the internal dispute resolution mechanisms of the PDP before filing the suit in court.

Justice Omotosho declared the suit premature, asserting that the ex-Deputy Governor should have adhered to the party’s rules by first approaching the party’s Appeal Committee before seeking judicial intervention.

The court confirmed that evidence presented showed Ighodalo as the rightful winner of the PDP primary election.

The judge underscored the importance of following internal party protocols in resolving disputes before resorting to litigation.

This judgment reaffirms Asue Ighodalo’s position as the legitimate winner of the PDP governorship primary in Edo State, reinforcing the necessity for party members to follow established procedures in addressing electoral grievances.

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