A suit seeking to overturn the results of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers gubernatorial primary scheduled for May 26, 2022 has been dismissed by Federal High Court in Abuja.
Rivers’ former Accountant General, Siminaliayi Fubara, won the primary. Doctor Farah Dagogo, a PDP gubernatorial aspirant, joined the PDP and INEC as first and second defendants in the FHC/ABJ/CS/ suit. Dagogo is a “serving member of the lower chamber of the National Assembly representing Degemma/Bonny federal constituency of Rivers State.”
The lawmaker, in his originating summons of May 12, averred he purchased the PDP Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the gubernatorial primary, completed and returned same to the 1st Defendant with all the relevant accompanying documents.
He claimed that he presented himself for screening on April 28 2022, “only to be whisked away by security agents at the order of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, with the active connivance of members of the Screening Panel/Committee,”
He contended that the PDP, by failing to screen him to contest the governorship primary had violated his right contrary to section 84(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022, sections 36, 40 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution.
It had also, he claimed, violated Part V, Clause 2 (c) & (d) of the PDP Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections made pursuant to the PDP Constitution by the 1st Defendant.”