PLASIEC fixed the council polls for October and charged chairmanship candidates of participating political parties N1,000,000 each while councillorship candidates would pay N600,000 each to be eligible.
PDP said in its affidavit before 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 ready 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.
“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 ready to proceed with the business of the day,’’ Pwajok announced.
Counsel to PLASIEC, Chief Garba Pwul (SAN), however, objected to Pwajok’s application 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 there yet, since we have filed a preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of this honourable court from entertaining this case brought up by the plaintiff, the PDP
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)