Edo Guber: Ighodalo remains our candidate- PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said its candidate in the forthcoming September 21 Edo State governorship election, Dr. Asue Ighodalo, remains validly in the race.

The PDP also stated that the court did not make any order nullifying the primary election of Ighodalo as the party’s candidate for the Edo State Governorship election, as there are no grounds whatsoever for such.

A statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, affirmed that the congresses and subsequent governorship primary that produced Ighodalo as the winner and party’s flagbearer, were duly and legally conducted in strict compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Guidelines of the PDP, the Electoral Act, 2022 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

The PDP maintained that no eligible delegate was excluded from participating in the primary election which accreditation, polling, counting of ballots, collation and declaration of results, were publicly conducted, monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and relevant security agencies at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City which exercise was also duly broadcasted live on national TV stations, and multiple social media platforms.

Moreover, the party said it holds that under the provisions of Section 84 (14) of the Electoral Act, 2022, the case is even of no moment, as the plaintiffs have no locus to question the outcome of the primary election not being aspirants in the exercise.

It said, “Additionally, it must be noted that the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs do not include the disqualification and/or nullification of the Primary election of Dr. Asue Ighodalo as the winner of the Edo State Governorship Primary election of the PDP. The Court is not a Father Christmas.”

The party urged the public, especially the people of Edo State, to disregard the report and remain focused on their solidarity and support for the PDP, and its candidate, Ighodalo.

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