PDP drags Plateau electoral body to court for charging LG polls candidates money



PDP in Plateau dragged the Plateau Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) to a Plateau High Court for charging council election candidates huge sums of to contest.

PLASIEC fixed the council polls for October and charged chairmanship candidates of participating political parties N1,000,000 each while councillorship candidates pay N600,000 each to be eligible.

PDP said in its affidavit the court in Jos on Tuesday that the charge was a subterranean move to exclude it from the polls.

Its counsel, Mr Edward Pwajok (SAN) told the court that he was to move a motion to stop PLASIEC from conducting the elections since he had served the defendant a notice.

He said the motion was to obtain an interlocutory injunction against PLASIEC over the said fees.

“We are for the case today having served the defendant, who equally replied us through a counter-affidavit.

“It was just on July 26 that we filed our notice of preliminary objection already served on the defendant (PLASIEC) same day and the motion is fixed for hearing and we are to proceed with the business of the day,’’ Pwajok announced.

Counsel to PLASIEC, Chief Garba Pwul (SAN), however, objected to Pwajok’s to move the motion on the ground that he had filed a preliminary objection challenging the court’s jurisdiction.

“Yes, it’s true that we have been served with their interlocutory injunction notice to which we have appropriately responded.

“It’s equally true that we filed a notice of preliminary objection challenging the competence of the suit and the jurisdiction of this court to hear the matter.

“My Lord, I don’t think we have reached yet, since we have filed a preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of this honourable court from entertaining this case brought by the plaintiff, the PDP

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“We that our preliminary objection notice should be uppermost and heard going into the interlocutory injunction motion on notice filed by the Plaintiff,’’ Pwul argued.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Vacation Judge, Justice Ishaku Kinda, adjourned the case to Aug. 5 for hearing of the preliminary objection and then the interlocutory injunction of the PDP. (NAN)