Two aspirants from the three Senatorial districts of Akwa Ibom state have boycotted the primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The duo, Ephraim Inyangeyen aspiring for Eket senatorial district and Inibehe Okori for Ikot Ekpene district cited a subsisting court order as their reasons not to participate in the elections

Inyangeyen said the Federal High Court in Abuja had ordered the Peoples Democratic Party to maintain status quo ante bellum in the case involving whether or not the contentious issue of adhoc delegates should be used for the election of flag bearers of the party for the forthcoming general elections.

In a statement he signed on Monday in Uyo, Inyangeyen who is the immediate past Chief of Staff to Governor Udom Emmanuel, said himself, his supporters and agents will not participate in the nomination exercise as the delegates to be used are not recognised by the laws of the land.

He, however, explained that his decision does not mean a withdrawal from the race, saying he was still contesting to serve his people.

He stated that he would participate in the nomination when the matters have been resolved in court and appealed to his supporters to remain law-abiding.

“A court of first instance which is equally of competent jurisdiction has made a pronouncement on the matter which was correctly and legally interpreted to mean that statutory delegates are yet to be approved for purposes of nominating candidates for the general election, to this extent and in obedience to court orders.

“I hereby disassociate myself from whatever the party intends to do using the unapproved Adhoc delegates list today 23rd May 2022.

“Myself, my agent and supporters therefore shall not participate in the nomination exercise as delegates to be so used by the Party are not recognised by the laws of the land.

“The refusal of myself and members of my team to participate is not a withdrawal from the race. I am still so much in the race to serve my people of Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District.

“Our refusal to join the charade is in total obedience to court orders as we don’t want to be seen or charged for contempt of court,” he stated.

On his part, Okori said, “Following the court ruling given on order in suit number; FHC\ABJ\CS\606\22 between Hon. Friday Iwok vs INEC and others, on 18 May 2022 by the Federal High Court, Abuja, that Status Quo Ante Bellum, pending the hearing and determination of the suit as per the application for rejoinder of the over 900 Ad-Hoc.”

“Therefore, it is our conviction that no party can legitimately make use of the Ad-Hoc delegates for the primaries before the determination of the matter before the court”.

He said it will constitute “a breach of the Court order to participate in the primaries of the PDP and therefore, urged delegates and supporters to remain calm while waiting for the matter to be determined.

PDP Senatorial primaries: Two Aspirants boycott election in Akwa Ibom, give reasons