A Federal High Court in Kaduna State on Wednesday cancelled the primary election conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Kaduna Central senatorial district.
Justice Muhammed Umar who presided over the case mandated a fresh primary to be conducted by the party within 14 days, following irregularities marred with previous poll.
Justice Umar’s ruling followed a suit filed by one of the senatorial aspirants, Ibrahim Usman who was against the May 24 primary that announced Lawal Adamu as the winner of the election.
Adamu won with 99 votes to defeat his closest rival, Usman who polled 84 votes to come second.
Declaring the result, INEC stated that Musa Bello and Inuwa Ahmed polled 43 and 15 votes to come 3rd and 4th respectively, while Usman Muhammed and Hajia Shehu Talatu maintained 5th and 6th positions with two and five votes as announced by the electoral committee.
However, not satisfied with the outcome of the primary, Ibrahim Usman through his lawyer, Samuel Aung, asked the Court to nullify the election on grounds of over-voting.
He also asked the court to conduct a fresh primary election where all the six aspirants will test their popularity in a free and fair exercise.
In his ruling on the case on Wednesday, Justice Umar dismissed all the preliminary objections raised by the defendant and upheld all the reliefs sought by the plaintiff, and ordered for a fresh primary to be conducted by the PDP in Kaduna Central Senatorial District within 14 days.