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Supreme Court dismisses suit on PDP presidential slot zoning

By News Desk

The Supreme Court has dismissed a suit seeking to compel the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rotate its presidential ticket among the zones in the country.

It ruled that the suit brought before it by a member of the opposition party was struck out considering that the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain it.

In a unanimous judgement delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro on Friday, the court ruled that the case brought before it by former presidential aspirant of PDP and former Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmos Ndukwe, was ill presented before it.

Ndukwe had instituted the suit against his party, praying for an order of the court to compel it to uphold the zoning and rotatory policy of the party.

The presidential aspirant sought an order of the court to compel PDP to zone the nomination of its presidential candidate to the southeast geo-political zone of the country.

However, Justice Jauro dismissed the suit on the ground that the nomination of candidates for election was an internal affair of political parties.

Before the court ruling, the party is currently being confronted with zoning issues which had resulted in a face-off between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

While Atiku argued that the zoning would only be respected if it does not conflict with the party’s constitution, the Wike faction has demanded that the presidential flagbearer should honour the mutual agreement they had before the party’s primary that brought him as the PDP candidate.

 

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