A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the service of processes on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to appear over the planned disqualification of Ambassador AJZ Abubakar Waziri from the Adamawa governorship primary.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu in a ruling on an ex parte application by Waziri, said it was in the interest of justice for all the parties to appear and respond to the issues in the matter.
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“The reliefs are too weight to be granted without putting them on notice,” the judge said.
Earlier, counsel to Waziri, Louis Alozie (SAN) informed the court that the purported disqualification of Waziri was done in breach of the Electoral Act and the party guidelines after both the Yola South Local Government Area and the Steering Committee cleared him for having fulfilled all the requirements to participate in the primary election billed for May 23.
Waziri is seeking, among other reliefs, an order of court declaring that he is duly qualified to contest the governorship primary of the PDP in Adamawa State for the selection/election of the party’a candidate for the governorship election.
“A declaration that the purported disqualification of the plaintiff (Waziri) from contesting the 1st Defendant’s (PDP) Gubernatorial Primary Election in Adamawa State is unconstitutional, illegal, invalid, null and void and of no effect whatsoever,” he said.
The judge has fixed May 26 for hearing.