A Federal Hight Court in Kano ruled on the new electoral act 2022. In the ruling, statutory delegates are not prevented from voting in party primaries. This means that all party officials and persons elected into public office in any political office are free to act as statutory delegates for political parties.
It is safe to say that this ruling comes as a shock to the opposition political parties. They that have now witnessed for a second time, how the electoral rules have been changed on them right in the middle of the game.
The first was INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) shifting the deadline for submission of list of party candidates from June 3, 2022 to June 9, 2022. This was right after the Peoples Democratic Party PDP had concluded its presidential primaries.
With this court ruling, opposition political parties that have conducted their primaries without statutory delegates have missed the opportunity to use statutory delegates.