A Federal High Court Sitting in Owerri, Imo State, has ordered the Bauchi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to conduct fresh primary elections for the Bauchi South Senatorial ticket.
In May this year, PDP announced Garba Dahiru as the winner of its Bauchi South senatorial primary elections. However, the runner-up of the election contested in court and secured a judgement mandating the party to hold fresh primaries barely two months before the 2023 general elections.
Reacting to the judgement, the Bauchi State Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Hamza Koshe Akuyam the party will abide by the judgment of the Federal High, Owerri, Imo State that nullified the result of the primary elections conducted by the party for the Bauchi South Senatorial seat in the 2023 General elections.
He said the PDP as a law-abiding party, it is ready to do as ordered by the Court.
“Yes, the Federal High Court has ordered a rerun of the primary election for the Bauchi South Senatorial seat, not nullification as being widely circulated in the social media.
“We are still waiting to receive the Court order before we know what to do. We don’t know whether it is between the first two people who went to court because Mahiru Maiwada went to court to challenge the outcome. We are thinking maybe it will be between him (Garba Dahiru) and Mahiru Maiwada.
“We will know what the position is clear when we see the Court order papers. We will abide by what the Court says. We will conduct a rerun, we will follow all the necessary guidelines by INEC and due procedures in conjunction with the national Secretariat of the PDP.
“It is normal that court has seen something wrong with what we did and has asked us to go and correct the mistakes which it thinks was done improperly in its own way. So, we are now going to conduct the primary again and I assure you that it is not going to affect our performance at the polls.
“As far as we are concerned as a political party, our campaign is ongoing and the parry is waxing stronger every day, the party is on top of the situation, I assure you that we will solve our problems internally the way we use to do it in shall Allah”, he said.
The PDP Chairman then assured that every avenue of peaceful resolution of the issue will be explored, we have elders, and we have other stakeholders who will talk to them but if they decide not to resolve then we go ahead with the new primary election and at the end of it, we will come out stronger and more united”.