Governor Nyesom Wike has sued the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar; the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and the PDP over the conduct of the presidential primary of the party.
The suit claimed that During the PDP presidential primary, when aspirants were asked to address delegates, Tambuwal had asked them to vote for him only to return moments later to ask them to vote for Atiku.
Following the primary held in Abuja on May 28 and May 29, 2022, Atiku polled 371 votes while Wike and Bukola Saraki garnered 237 and 70 votes respectively.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, had however, described Tambuwal as the “hero of the convention.”
Wike and his co-applicant, Newgent Ekamon who is a PDP chieftain have therefore asked the court to determine eight issues including whether the purported transfer of Tambuwal’s votes to Atiku by the PDP was illegal and void.
They also asked the court to determine if Tambuwal lost his claim to votes the moment he stepped down for Atiku.
The plaintiffs are further seeking a declaration that the PDP acted negligently and in bad faith by assigning the Sokoto governor’s votes to Atiku at the primary, praying the court to “cancel the transfer of votes and a corresponding order restraining the 3rd respondent (Tambuwal’s) withdrawal in the primary was done after voting had commenced.”
The court was also asked to declare that the PDP and Atiku took undue advantage of Tambuwal’s withdrawal when they allowed the Sokoto governor to persuade delegates to vote for the former Vice-President in the primary.
Wike and Ekamon asked the court to order INEC to reject or remove Atiku from “its list of candidates in the 2023 presidential election”, and that the votes of the primary be recounted.