By Ebere Agozie, Abuja.
The Supreme Court on Friday nullified the primary election of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which produced Mr Jones Onyerere as its senatorial candidate for Imo West Senatorial District in the coming National Assembly elections.
Justice Emmanuel Agim, in a judgment on the appeal filed by Mr Nnamdi Ezeani, said that PDP grossly violated the provisions of Section 87 (9) of the Electoral Act by conducting the primary election outside the venue clearly stipulated by law.
The Supreme Court, therefore, nullified the primary election, on the grounds that it was conducted in Owerri, the Imo State capital, instead of Orlu, being the headquarters of Imo West Senatorial District.
It held that by the judgment, PDP would not participate in the senatorial election in February, having failed to produce its candidate within time allowed by law.
It also held that since the time for conduct of primary election to nominate candidates was already over, it was deemed that the party would not have a candidate for Imo West Senatorial District in the Feb. 25 National Assembly elections.
Agim warned political parties to always conduct their affairs within the ambit of the law, adding that Section 87 (9) of the Electoral Act was patently clear on where primary elections should be conducted.