By John Ushie
An Abuja High Court today withheld ruling till an undisclosed date after hearing arguments from counsels in a preliminary objection filed by solicitors to the ruling PDP, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) and Paul Erokoro (SAN) challenging the eligibility of the plaintiffs to sue the party over the November 1, 2014 Ward congresses in Cross River State.
The suit was filed by some members of the party in Cross River State praying for a restraining order on the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, from using the result of the ward congresses other than the results submitted by the electoral panel.
In their preliminary objection, counsels to PDP argued that an ad hoc delegate did not have a legal right to sue the party as their responsibility was merely ad hoc.
They further contended that ad hoc delegates only constitute about 50 per cent of the entire delegates required for the Electoral College for party primaries while the remaining 50 per cent were statutory delegates.
It was their contention that “only candidates have the right to sue the party. Ad hoc delegates are not candidates or aspirants.”
They further maintained that the suit was a breach of the constitution of the party and the guidelines of the party primaries.
But after taking all the arguments today, the court withheld ruling and adjourned to a date that will be communicated to counsels.
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