A court has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party from presenting candidates for the Saturday, August 14 Bye-election happening in Lere local government, Kaduna State.
The Federal High Court in Kaduna State, restrained the party from submitting the list of the party’s candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In the ruling on Wednesday, Justice Ambo Yakubu John, restrained the PDP from presenting its candidate, Barrister lbrahim Usman, their agents, servants, privies, employees and representatives from participating in the election.
He ruled,” AN ORDER OF INTERIM MANDATORY INJUNCTION is hereby made restraining the Respondents, their agents, servants, privies, employees and representatives from further violating and contravening the Applicant’s fundamental right to freedom from discrimination and the Applicant’s Fundamental Right peaceful assembly and association and to belong to any political party, trade union or any other association for the protection of the Applicant’s interest in the P.D.P. by restraining the discriminatory presentation of the 6 Respondent to the 7th Respondent (INEC) as candidate in the Lere Federal Constituency of Kaduna State by election of 14th day of August, 2021, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive application for enforcement of fundamental rights of the Applicant.”
The judgement was over an interim injunction secured by one Joan Manchapa ldris from a Kaduna High Court, Saminaka Division, restrained the PDP and its candidate, Barrister lbrahim Usman in the contest, pending hearing of an internal crises in the party.
Also joined in the suit are, the lndependent National Electoral Commission (INEC), both the National Chairman and State Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and Honourable Felix Hassan Hyat, for among other things, violating and contravening the Applicant’s Fundamental Right to freedom from discrimination.