Court Stops PDP From Participating in LG Election in Plateau


From Yakubu Busari,Jos




A Plateau State High sitting in Jos Division under Justice Ishaku Kunda has dismissed a suit filed by the People Democratic Party ,PDP, challenging the party’s exclusion from participating in the upcoming Local Government Election scheduled to 9th October, 2021.

Justice Kunda while delivering judgment described the processes of originating surmount filed by the Peoples Democratic Party as lacking in merit.

Recall that the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC, excluded PDP from participating in Plateau LG poll following the judgment earlier obtained by Hon Bitrus Kaze and 11 others in a suit PLD/J34/2021 entered by Justice S.P. Gang ordering for fresh Congresses in Plateau state .

However it was on this ground that when the PDP approached the court seeking an interpretation of the judgment which Judge Kunda declined.

PLASIEC refused to monitor the PDP congresses based on the judgment obtained by a faction of the PDP  thus stopping the opposition party from participating in the scheduled October 9, 2021 local government council polls.

Delivering his judgement, Justice Kunda held that PLASIEC was legally right to have refused PDP nomination and expression of interest forms for the said election, adding that the PDP instead of abiding by the judgement of SP Gang of November 20, 2020 to conduct state congress, the party went ahead to evoke sections of its constitution to dissolved the state EXCO and constituted a caretaker committee which conducted its primaries that produced the candidates which electoral body refused to issue forms.

In the circumstances, the judge further held that all the steps and actions taken by the caretaker committee including the conduct of the said primary elections was null and void.

“The entire claims in the submission the claimant is hereby, dismissed”, said Judge Kunda.