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2 PDP aspirants seek to join suit challenging Agbu candidacy

Two aspirants have sought to join the lawsuit challenging the nomination of Colonel Dantala Kefas Agbu (Rtd) as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Taraba State.

Professor Joseph Albasu and Dr Hilkiah Bubajoda Mafindi filed the claims as interested parties in the lawsuit in a Federal High Court in Jalingo, the state capital, through their attorney, Dr Reuben Atabo ( SAN).

The lawsuit, brought by Prof. Jerome Nyameh, challenges the election of Agbu for violating Part VII, Article 1 of the Electoral Guidelines for the PDP Primary Elections, 2022, for failing to resign as President of the State Party.
Nyameh maintained that the primary was held on May 25, just six days after Agbu resigned, and several days after the candidates were selected on April 28, when he was still the state party president.
Nyameh further maintained that Agbu only resigned through a letter dated May 17, 2022, which was received at the national headquarters on May 19.
Agbu got 443 votes to come out on top, while Albasu and Nyameh got 31 and 24 votes respectively in the primary.
In his joinder petition, Albasu argues that having emerged second, he should be declared the winner of the primary after Agbu’s nomination was overturned.
The case has been set for August 25 and 26, 2022.