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May 27, 2024

Edo: Court dismisses Shaibu’s plea to nullify Ighodalo’s candidacy

Edo: Court dismisses Shaibu’s plea to nullify Ighodalo’s candidacy

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed a suit by the impeached Deputy Governor of Edo, Phillip Shaibu, seeking to nullify the Feb. 22 governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which produced Asue Ighodalo as its candidate.

Justice James Omotosho, in a judgment, held that Shaibu lacked the locus standi (legal right) to challenge the outcome of the primary on the grounds that he did not fully participate in the primary.

Justice Omotosho also held that the impeached deputy governor was not equally present at the venue of the primary the day it was held.

The judge further held that the suit by Shaibu was premature because he failed to exhaust the internal dispute resolution mechanism of the party before heading to court.

He said that as a member of the PDP, he was bound by the rules and regulations of the party, which require an aggrieved aspirant at a primary to first approach the party’s appeals committee before filing a suit in court.

He held that there was sufficient evidence to show that Ighodalo actually won the primary. (NAN)