An Abuja Federal High Court on Wednesday
ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and PDP
to recognize Alhaji Gambo Lawan as Borno PDP governorship candidate
for 2015 general elections.
It would be recalled that Lawan who won last year’s Borno PDP
governorship primary election was later replaced with Alhaji Mohammed
Imam by the party.
This prompted Lawan to institute the suit challenging the party’s
decision and seeking to replace Imam whose name had already been
forwarded to INEC by PDP.
Delivering judgment, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that Lawan actually
won the primary election conducted by the party and that it was wrong
for PDP to have substituted his name with Imam’s.
He, therefore, ordered INEC to recognize Lawan as the authentic Borno
PDP governorship candidate for the 2015 general elections in place of
The judge also directed PDP to take steps to list Lawan’s name as the
governorship candidate and forward same to INEC in place of Imam’s
name for the purpose of the election.
The plaintiff had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1123/2014, challenged
the party’s decision to substitute his name with Imam’s, and joined
Imam, PDP and INEC as co-defendants in the suit.
Mr Damian Dodo, SAN, Lawan’s counsel, had urged the court to declare
that PDP’s decision to forward any other name to INEC than his own for
the election was “illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional, null and
Lawan also sought an order to pronouncing himself as the candidate and
not Imam whose name had already been forwarded to the INEC as PDP’s
candidate for the election.
He also prayed the court for an order compelling INEC to put his name
on the ballot paper and prohibiting Imam from parading or further
parading himself as governorship candidate.
The plaintiff also urged the court to give an order of perpetual
injunction stopping PDP and INEC from recognising and dealing with
Imam as Borno PDP governorship candidate.
Lawan also urged the court to direct PDP and INEC to take steps to
list his name as the governorship candidate and forward same to INEC
for the election.