Justice Abdul Kafarati held that the matter brought by the plaintiff lacks ?locus standi? to commence the action

The Federal High Court on Friday dismissed a suit challenging the Akwa Ibom State Govornor, Godswill Akpabio?s nomination as People?s Democratic Party?s (PDP) governorship candidate for the 2011 election in the state.

Delivering judgment in Abuja, Justice Abdul Kafarati held that the matter brought by Frank Okon, a governorship aspirant, had no ?locus standi? to commence the action.

Kafarati noted that the plaintiff?s claim that he was the authentic candidate of the party was not known to law adding that the Electoral Act and the constitution of the party empowered the party to conduct primaries to nominate its candidates for elections.

He held that the provision had made it difficult to obtain the nomination of party slots from the court of law.

According to him, the court is convinced on the process that brought Akpabio as PDP candidate for the 2011 governorship election.

?The court had previously validated the PDP primaries held on Jan. 15, 2011, which the governor won. The court stands by it since it has not been set aside.

?This summons asking the court to nullify that judgment which validated the Akwa Ibom PDP governorship on Jan. 15 primary is hereby dismissed.? He said.

Okon had in the suit, in which he joined INEC, PDP, and the former National Chairman of the PDP, Haliru Mohammed, as co-defendants, urged the court to declare him as the candidate of the party.

He urged the court to nullify all acts, tasks and functions purportedly performed during and after the Jan. 15 primaries.

Okon further sought an order compelling PDP to comply with Section 87 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 and Article 17 of PDP Constitution.

According to him, the election contravenes the 1999 Constitution, the PDP Constitution, and the guidelines for the PDP governorship election, as well as the Electoral Act.

He argued that Akpabio was not qualified to have contested the January 15 re-run primaries held in the state.

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