COURT NULLIFIES PDP E~REGISTRATION, SAY IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL & ILLEGAL.
Suit No.: FCT/HC/CV/3257/2021 between Umoru E. Vincent PDP Chairman Etsako East & Anor. v. Peoples Democratic Party came up today at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for Judgment.
The Court found that the two issues for determination formulated by the Defendant which differ from the questions contained in the Originating Summons are incompetent and were accordingly discountenanced.
On the issue of jurisdiction raised by the Defendant, the Court held that matters bordering on the interpretation and operation of the Constitution of a political party, especially where the party is alleged to have acted outside the provisions of the said Constitution, are within the jurisdiction of the Court.
On the merit of the case, the Court held that the electronic registration process introduced by the Defendant runs contrary to its Constitution as it imposes an additional requirement on the members of its party, both old and new. The Court also held that the introduction of Voters Identification Number (VIN) as a condition precedent to membership registration is equally contrary to the provisions of the Defendants Constitution.
Consequently, the Court resolved all the questions formulated for determination by the Claimants in favour of the Claimants and granted all the reliefs sought in the Originating Summons.