Justice Yakubu Kunda of High Court 5 sitting in Jos yesterday dismissed a suit filed before him by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the decision of the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) to exclude it from participating in the scheduled October 9 local government council polls.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Kunda held that PLASIEC was legally right to have refused PDP nomination and expression of interest forms for the said election.
He added that the PDP instead of abiding by the judgment of November 20, 2020 to conduct state congress, the party went ahead to evoke sections of its constitution to dissolved the state exco and constituted a caretaker committee, which conducted its primaries that produced the candidates which PLASIEC refused to issue forms.
In the circumstances, the judge further held that the steps and actions taken by the caretaker committee, including the conduct of the primary elections, was null and void.
The entire claims in the submission of the claimant are hereby dismissed,
said the judge. The sum of N2.5 million damages was awarded against the PDP.