Supreme Court strikes out suit seeking PDP to zone presidency to South-East

The Supreme Court yesterday struck out a suit seeking to compel the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its nomination of presidential candidate to the South-East geo-political zone of the country.

The court, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro, struck out the suit on the ground of lack of jurisdiction to entertain it.

A presidential aspirant of the PDP and former Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmos Ndukwe, instituted the suit against his party, praying for an order to compel it to uphold the zoning and rotatory policy of the party. Specifically, the presidential aspirant sought an order from the court to compel PDP to zone the nomination of its presidential candidate to the South-East geo-political zone.

However, Justice Jauro held that the suit was not justiciable on the ground that the nomination of candidates for election is an internal affair of political parties. Jauro invoked Section 22 of the Supreme Court Act to give a final resolution of all issues raised in the suit, to prevent them from becoming statute barred.

Ndukwe, who is currently the Abia State Commissioner of Trade and Investment, had accused the PDP of refusing to honour its zoning arrangement, saying that the party ought to have zoned its presidential ticket for the 2023 presidential election to South-East. He was also aggrieved over his disqualification from participating in the presidential primary election on the ground of alleged anti-party activity.

Ndukwe had filed along with the substantive suit, an ex-parte application, for an order to restrain the PDP from going ahead with the primary election until his suit was determined.

The Court of Appeal, in its decision of July 15 agreed with PDP and others that the FHC ought not to have entertained the suit on grounds of lack of requisite jurisdiction. Ndukwe, on his part, felt dissatisfied with the Court of Appeal’s decision and proceeded to the Supreme Court to have his suit entertained.

Other justices of the Supreme Court in the panel are Amina Augie, who presided, Mohammed Garba, Tijjani Abubakar and Emmanuel Agim.

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