The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has dragged the Accord Party, the Independent National Electoral Commission and fourteen others before a Federal High court sitting in Port Harcourt over alleged non-compliance to new electoral act in the conduct of their just concluded party primary elections.
The PDP are asking the court to compel INEC not to recognize the governorship candidate of the Accord Party and other candidates especially for National Assembly positions for allegedly violating the new electoral act.
When the matter came up for mention, counsel to PDP, Dike Udenna asked the court for more time to enable him respond to preliminary object raised by counsel to Accord Party, Abdulhameed Mohammed.
Presiding Judge, Justice Stephen Daylop-Pam after listening to the counsel directed the parties to respond to process and adjourned till 29th of July for hearing.
Speaking to Journalists outside the courtroom, the counsel to Accord Party, Abdulhameed Mohammed said PDP as a party has no locus standi to file the suit as such they are status bar.
Our correspondent reports that while counsel to PDP, Dike Udena said Accord party did not complied with requirement of the new electoral act in the nominations of their candidates.
The Governorship candidate of Accord Party, Dumo Lulu-Briggs who was present at the court described the suit as unnecessary distraction.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State had dragged National Assembly candidates of the All Progressives Congress before a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.
In a suit process obtained by our correspondent, the PDP are claiming that the APC in the state conducted their delegate congress and primaries on the 18th and 19th of May, 2022 respectively and asked the court to nullify the processes which will leave the APC in Rivers without National Assembly candidates.