By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—There appears to be no end to the crisis rocking Anambra State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as one of its factional governorship candidate, Tony Nwoye, yesterday, applied for an order of injunction against both his party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
In a fresh originating summons filed before Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, Nwoye, who is currently enjoying the support of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the PDP, insisted that having emerged victorious at the party’s governorship primaries held in Anambra State on August 24, 2013, INEC had no power to reject his name or recognize any other person as the authentic PDP flag bearer for the gubernatorial contest billed for November 16.
Specifically, Nwoye, through his counsel, Chief Yusuf Ali, SAN, prayed the court to, among other things, determine” whether the plaintiff, having emerged victorious at the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primaries conducted by the 2nd defendant on August 24, 2013, to elect its flag bearer for the Anambra State 2013 governorship election, in line with the provision of its constitution and the Electoral guidelines for primary elections 2010 and the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, and his name presented, forwarded and nominated to the 1st defendant by the 2nd defendant, then 1st defendant, had the vires, power and authority to accept and recognize any other person as PDP’s governorship candidate for the said election other than the plaintiff.
“Whether having regards to the 2nd defendant (PDP’s) constitution and its electoral guidelines, the 2nd defendant, having issued certificate of return to the plaintiff as the winner of its governorship primaries
for Anambra state and forwarded, presented and nominated his name to the 1st defendant as its governorship candidate for the November, 2013 Anambra state governorship election, the 2nd defendant, has the vires/power, to present/ nominate or forward the name of any other person to the 1st defendant as its candidate for the November, 2013 Anambra state governorship election.”
Besides, he is seeking “A declaration that having regards to the provisions of the 2nd defendant’s constitution and its electoral guideline for primary election 2010, the 1st defendant is without
power or authority to reject his name, accept, receive or recognize any other person, other than the plaintiff as the 2nd defendant’s governorship candidate for the November, 2013 Anambra State governorship election.
“A declaration that the plaintiff, having emerged as the winner of the 2nd defendant’s governorship primaries and whose name has been presented and forwarded to the 1st defendant as its governorship
candidate for the 2013 Anambra State Governorship election is the 2nd defendant’s candidate whose name and particulars should be placed on the ballot papers and other necessary documents to be used for the conduct of the election by the 1st defendant.”
Listed as 1st and 2nd defendants in the suit, were the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the PDP.
Meanwhile, two other governorship aspirants in the state who are equally laying claims to the gubernatorial ticket of the party, Senator Andy Uba and Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, yesterday, sought to be joined as interested parties in the suit.