From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
A High Court sitting in Lokoja,Kogi State capital has ruled that the People’s Democratic party (PDP) has no candidate in the November 16 governorship election in the state .
Justice John Olorunfemi of the state high court 4 in his ruling on Thursday declared the primary conducted on 3rd September 2019 which produced Engineer Musa Wada as the flag bearer of PDP was fraught with irregularities.
He said such an hour long downpour and sporadic gunshots which led to delegates scampering for safety cannot be said to be fair enough to produce a candidate.
The ruling was in a preelection matter filled by the eldest son of a former governor of the state Ibrahim Idris, Abubakar challenging the candidature of Engineer Musa Wada as the flag bearer of the people’s Democratic party, (PDP) in the November 16 2019 governorship election.
According to him, “neither the claimant, Alhaji Abubakar Idris nor the defendant , Engineer Musa Wada can lay claim to be the authentic flag bearer of the People’s Democratic party since the primary was inconclusive.
He pointed out that the claimant who averred that he would have won the primary conducted by the 1st defendant if the missing votes which belonged to him were added to his votes, could not convinced the court to deliver judgement in his favour.
Similarly, Justice Olorunfemi further submitted that the second defendant could not convinced the court that he actually won the party primary, which was marred with rancour and acrimony, arising from pandemonium, due to sporadic gunshots, that compelled the participants to scamper for safety.