Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, is facing a new disqualification challenge before a Federal High Court in Abuja over his purported dual citizenship of two nations.
Another political party, the National Rescue Movement (NRM), brought Obi before the court, alleging, among other things, that the presidential candidate is no longer fit, appropriate, and qualified for Nigeria’s highest office due to his dual citizenship.
The plaintiff in the new claim against Obi is asking the court for an order excluding him from the presidential campaign for violating the 1999 Constitution.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1842/2022, the Labour Party candidate was accused of acquiring citizenship of Dallas in Texas, United States of America in breach of Sections 1 and 137 of the Nigerian Constitution.
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The party, through its counsel, Mohammed Danjuma, asked for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising, dealing or affording Peter Obi any right or privilege to stand for the presidential election.
In a 14-paragraph affidavit in support of the suit, Obi was said to have voluntarily acquired Dallas citizenship and the certificate of citizenship presented to him by the Mayor of Dallas, Mr Eric Johnson.
The party produced the picture and video recording of the presentation of the citizenship certificate to establish its case against the defendant.
When the matter came up on Monday, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo, lambasted the plaintiff for the inability to serve the originating summons on the defendants.
Justice Ekwo, thereafter, fixed February 10 for mention of the suit and threatened to strike out the case should the plaintiff fail to serve the court process on Peter Obi before the adjourned date.
Defendants in the suit are INEC, Obi and Labour Party as 1st to 3rd defendants, respectfully.
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