PDP fails to stop local government polls in Plateau – Channels Television
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday lost its candidacy to stop the conduct of local elections in Plateau State.
It comes as a three-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, the state capital, has rejected a request filed by the main opposition.
Judge Boloukuromo Ugo read the decision which was supported by the other two judges on the panel – Judge Mudashiru Oniyangi and Judge Olasunbo Goodluck.
The PDP had filed on notice a request for an interlocutory injunction, preventing the Plateau State Independent Election Commission from proceeding with the elections for the seats of president and councilor in the state.
In the lawsuit, he challenged his exclusion from the elections by the electoral arbitrator.
But the court, in a unanimous decision, said granting an interlocutory injunction would amount to a violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to Judge Ugo, the law stipulates that the elections must take place in the offices of the local government after the expiration of the mandate of the elected officials.
He subsequently adjourned until November 22 for the hearing of the appeal on the merits filed by the PDP.
The electoral commission had announced that it would hold elections in the state’s 17 local government zones.
Earlier, there was palpable tension in the Plateau as residents anticipated the court ruling on the PDP lawsuit.
Before the claim was dismissed, the judges listened to arguments from counsel for the claimants and respondents in the case.
During the hearing, which lasted several hours, the court had to cancel the proceedings three times.