Supreme Court dismisses PDP’s suit against Tinubu, Shettima

Ezekiel Johnson
Ezekiel Johnson
Supreme Court dismisses PDP’s suit against Tinubu, Shettima
Tinubu and Shettima

The Supreme Court has struck out a suit seeking the disqualification of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, and his vice president-elect, Kashim Shettima, over alleged double nomination.

The appeal was filed by the leading opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

According to the PDP, Shettima had double nomination as senatorial candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District and vice-presidential candidate under the All Progressives Congress, APC.

But ruling in the case on Friday, the Supreme Court declared that the PDP lacked the locus standi to institute the case.

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Reading the judgement of the five-member panel, Justice Adamu Jauro, said the suit lacked merit, just as he pointed out that the PDP by the suit acted as a meddlesome interloper and a busybody.

That, he said, was because the issue was an internal affair of the APC.

The court therefore awarded a sum of N2 million against the PDP.

“The claim of PDP on the alleged double nomination of the Vice President-elect is most unfortunate and a clear deliberate mischief to mislead the Court and the country.

“No matter the pains of the PDP on how APC conducted its primary elections and nominated its candidates, PDP must remain an onlooker.

“It is abundantly clear that the Appellant (PDP) in the totality of its position in the instant case, is peeping and poke nosing into the affairs of another party as a busy body and meddlesome interloper,” the court held.

Meanwhile, the Director of Media and Publicity of APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, on his Twitter handle reacted to the verdict.

His tweet reads: “With this ruling, the apex court has cleared the final booby trap to Bola Tinubu and Shettima’s inauguration on Monday. We invite Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and other democrats to join us in marking this historic event, the re-enactment of what would have been in 1993.”

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