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Court Dismisses PDP’s Suit Seeking Tinubu, Shettima Disqualification

On Friday, a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that sought to disqualify Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC’s vice presidential candidate, and Kashim Shetima due to an alleged double nomination.

The case was dismissed by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo on four fundamental legal grounds.

The lawsuit was filed by PDP without having the legal authority to do so, it was filed after the statute of limitations had run out, it was a flagrant abuse of the judicial system, and no cause of action had been created.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC, Tinubu, and Shettima were named as the first through fourth defendants in a lawsuit filed by the PDP.

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The PDP requested an order disqualifying the APC, Tinubu, and Shettima from running in the presidential election slated for February 25, 2023, in the lawsuit dated and filed by Karina Tunyan, SAN, on July 28.

The PDP further requested that the court rule that Shettima, the fourth defendant, is ineligible to be nominated since he permitted himself to be nominated in multiple constituencies, in violation of Section 35 of the Electoral Act of 2022.

Justice Ekwo, however, ruled in his decision that the PDP lacked the legal right to meddle in the internal affairs of the APC.

In addition, the lawsuit was brought outside of the legal window, the judge added.


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