A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has thrown out a suit seeking to bar the the governorship Candidate and running mate of the Accord party from contesting the 2023 general elections in Rivers State for lack of jurisdiction.
The suit was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Justice Stephen Daylop-Pam, in a separate suit, also struck out the PDP’s suit against all the National Assembly candidates of Accord for lack of jurisdiction.
Although the Court did not review the merits of the case, it premised its ruling on the the recent decisions of the Appeal Court in Lagos and Rivers State, which ruled that no court has the jurisdiction to hear a suit filed by another political party bothering on internal party affairs.
Justice Daylop-Pam noted that any attempt by him to interfere in the matter after the appellate court had taken a decision on a similar matter will amount to him being tagged a rascal.
In their reactions, Counsels to the Accord party, Benjamin Omeje and Joy Nuniee described the judgment as a victory for democracy while Counsel to PDP, Dike Udenna, refused to speak to journalists.