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Plot to use judiciary to halt Edo Governorship election thickens – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alledged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was plotting to halt the Edo State Governorship election slated for 19th September, 2020.

The plot, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said, was to institute a suit at the Federal High Court in Benin to stop the election.

Speaking with journalists at the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, Wadata House, Abuja, Sunday, he urged the Independent National Election to fall to the antics of PDP.

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Ologbondiyan maintained that some people want to use frivolous lawsuit to scuttle the September 19 Edo State governorship election, following APC’s realisation that there’s no way it could win in the election.

The PDP scribe further divulged information that some political interest groups have already been mobilised to blackmail the judiciary and stampede the court into violating the clear provisions of the Electoral Act and illegally halt the election.

He said: “Nigerians are already aware that Section 87(10) (11) of the Electoral Act, clearly prohibits the courts from restraining the conduct of party primaries and general election by INEC.

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“This Section of the Electoral Act has put paid to situations in the past, where groups or individuals who have no real stake in elections were used as cannon fodders by selfish individuals and groups to manipulate the courts and frustrate the electoral process against the interest of the people,” PDP spokesman said.

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Ologbondiyan added: “It is, therefore, clear that the aim of APC is to use the political groups to drag in the judiciary, trigger constitutional crisis in Edo State, the Niger Delta region and the nation at large and blame it on the court.

“APC’s calculation is a re-enactment of the similar judicial quagmire that led to the scuttling of 1993 general election, a development that led to a serious national crisis that almost destroyed the corporate existence of our country.”

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