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PDP petitions judge over alleged plans bypass electoral process in Ebonyi

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi state, has petitioned the chief judge of the Federal High Court over alleged plot by the suspended chairman of the party in the state, Mr. Tochukwu Okorie to use dubious and illegal efforts through the court to derail the electoral process in the state.

The party accused the suspended chairman of the party in the state, Okorie of filing multiple suits at Abuja federal high court to frustrate the candidature of  Ifeanyi Odii, the candidate of the party for the governorship race.

The legal team of the governorship candidate led by Murdi Erhenede disclosed this at a press briefing in  Afikpo, Afikpo North local government area of the state.

He said, “We have observed with great dismay the use of the Nigerian courts particularly the Federal High Court sitting at Abuja, by some unscrupulous members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi State led by the suspended chairman of the party in Ebonyi State, Okorie.

“It is on record that Odii was duly nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party as its governorship candidate for the 2023 general elections, after a successful primary election of the party which was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in line with provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022.

“However, after the said primary election, many pre-election matters and appeals were filed challenging the candidature of Odii.

“The supreme court of Nigeria which is the apex court of the land, later laid the matter to rest by affirming that Odii is the authentic governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi State in the 2023 general elections.

“Shockingly, Okorie and his cohorts have continued to file frivolous suits and shop for forums in various courts, especially Federal High Court sitting at Abuja to obtain a kangaroo judgment against  Odii, and derail the electoral process.”

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