The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has responded to the suit filed by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike challenging his candidacy ahead of the 2023 general election.
Goldennewsng reports that Governor filed a suit challenging the candidacy of Atiku as the PDP presidential candidate.
The suit marked In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, Wike and a PDP chieftain, Newgent Ekamon, are listed as the plaintiffs.
In the originating summons, the PDP is listed as the first respondent while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is the 2nd respondent.
Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Atiku are listed as the 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.
Among other pleas in the suit, Governor Wike is pleading with the court to, “direct the 1st respondent (PDP) to declare the 2nd applicant (Wike), a presidential aspirant in the May 28 and May 29 primary as the winner of the aforesaid primary with a corresponding order directing the 1st respondent (PDP) to forward his name as the candidate to contest the presidential election in 2023.”
Responding to Wike’s suit against his candidacy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the former vice-president said his response to Wike’s suit will not come through the media.
Atiku’s Spokesman, Paul Ibe, said his principal had not yet been served and thus could not comment on the matter.
“We are not aware of the case and have not been served. When we are served, we will respond appropriately. However, the response will be done in the proper manner and not through the media,” Ibe said.