Maldives Police Service Board member and President Nasheed's close associate, Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, has filed a case at the civil court to nullify the Maldivian Democratic Party's (MDP) primary elections held in January. The case was filed just as the ruling party was preparing to officially hand over the party's presidential ticket to President Solih on February 17.
The court case requested an order to halt the process of giving the ticket to President Solih. Hamid is represented at the court by former attorney general of the Maldives, Dhiyana Saeed.
Despite winning MDP's primary with over 60% of the votes, President Solih faces opposition from President Nasheed who refused to concede and alleged vote rigging. Nasheed has also refused to support President Solih in the upcoming MDP presidential election and instead started a new movement within the ruling party.
The case filed by Hamid Abdul Ghafoor comes as a setback to President Solih's campaign and raises questions about the fairness of the primary election. It remains to be seen how the court will rule on the case and its impact on the upcoming MDP presidential election.