Yabayi Sani, the National Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has disagreed with the proposal by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) that aspirants be made to undergo drug integrity tests as part of screening requirements for seeking elective offices in the 2023 general elections.
In a statement, the IPAC National chairman described the proposal as outrageous, outlandish, preposterous, despicable and a deliberate attack on the sensibilities of lovers of democracy in the country.
According to the IPAC, “The awkward proposal portrays politicians as drug addicts who must be certified fit to run for various elective offices by the agency. It is reprehensible and unacceptable.”
He stressed the need for the NDLEA to tender an apology and advised the anti-narcotic agency to desist from impugning the character and integrity of politicians, including those contesting for presidency, who he described as “patriotic and highly respected”.
BREAKING: Court Orders PDP, INEC to Show Why Rivers Guber Primaries Should Go On Without Farah Dagogo
A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja today, May 23rd, 2022 ordered the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Indpendent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to show reasons why the party’s gubernatorial primaries should hold in Rivers State without the plaintiff, Hon Doctor Farah Dagogo.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo in suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/654/2022 ordered the PDP and INEC to show cause on May 24th 2022 why Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo’s application seeking injunctive orders against the PDP and INEC in respect of the PDP gubernatorial primary election for Rivers State should not be granted.
Dagogo had filed a suit on May 12, 2022 challenging his prevention from the screening exercise of his party (PDP) for the on coming gubernatorial primary election for Rivers State having submitted all the required documents.
The presiding judge in the sitting of the court on Monday granted the order for INEC and PDP to show cause why the primaries should not be stopped.
Dagogo went to court to seek an order of the High Court to restrain INEC, (2nd Defendant) or any of its officers or agents from monitoring the conduct of the PDP (1st Defendant) primary election for the gubernatorial position for Rivers State scheduled for 26th May 2022.
He asked the Court not allow INEC to send any of its representatives on the scheduled fixed date without his name on the list of contestants for the forthcoming primary election pending the hearing and determination of the substantive action.
Dagogo, is appealing to the court to compel INEC and PDP, to include his name as one of the aspirants in the forthcoming gubernatorial primary election.
The aspirant is seeking “an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 2nd Defendant either by itself or any of its officers or agents from monitoring the conduct of 1st Defendant’s primary election for the gubernatorial position for Rivers State on 26th May 2022 or any other date fixed, without the name of the Plaintiff on the list of contestants for the said primary election pending the hearing and determination of the substantive action.”
Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo was duly nominated by not less than 45 persons from at least two-third of the Local Government Areas within Rivers State, who are registered voters in their respective Local Government Areas and registered members of PDP.
According to Dagogo, he completed and submitted the said nomination form to the the PDP, and accompanied them with all the relevant documents, including copies of his PDP membership card, voter’s card and sworn declarations made before a Commissioner of oaths at the High Court.
He stated that he satisfied and abided by the guidelines, all laws, rules or regulations made by PDP relating to the conduct of primary elections.
He stated that his Primary Form was issued to him by the PDP as proof that he had met all the requirements required of him as an aspirant by the National headquarters of the party.
He had presented himself to the Screening committee for gubernatorial aspirants in Rivers State, on the 28th of April, 2022, at the PDP Zonal Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He disclosed that while he was waiting to receive his interim clearance papers, some individuals in mufti who claimed to be Rivers state Government House security agents led by the Camp Commandant, DSP Efeture Irikefe removed him from the sitting arrangement with the active connivance of the membership of the Screening Committee, who had ensured that he was the last person to be screened.
However, Dagogo lamented that he was whisked away to Operation Sting Police Unit/formation and later at State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (State CID) both in Port Harcourt.
According him, the State CID, quickly made an attempt to arraign him on trumped up charges at the Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt on 29th April, 2022 which proved abortive.
“There was an attempt to arraign Plaintiff/Applicant on trumped up charges at the Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt on 29th April, 2022 which proved abortive.
2023: Farah Dagogo Sues PDP, INEC Over Exclusion
There is now an air of uncertainty hanging over the outcome of the PDP Primaries in Rivers State as Dr. Farah Dagogo a frontline Governorship aspirant has taken the Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to court for allegedly removing his name from the primaries in the State Governorship election.
Farah Dagogo , a Member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency is seeking an order of the High Court to restrain INEC or any of its officers or agents from monitoring the conduct of the PDP primary election for the gubernatorial position for Rivers State scheduled for 26th May 2022.
The embattled federal lawmaker said his Primary Form was issued to him by the PDP as proof that he had met all the requirements required of him as an aspirant by the national headquarters of the party before he was taken away by some policemen led by the camp commandant, of government house DSP, Efeture Irikefe when he presented himself for screening last month.
The federal lawmaker is currently at the Port Harcourt correctional centre was arrested for allegedly sponsoring cultists to disrupt the screening of state and federal assembly candidates of the PDP last month in Port Harcourt.
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