The Supreme Court has dismissed the suit by the Peoples Democratic Party seeking the disqualification of the ticket that produced the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, and the vice-president-elect, Kashim Shettima, in the 2023 presidential election.
All is now set for the inauguration of the Tinubu/Shettima administration on Monday.
Similarly, a Federal High Court in Abuja declined to issue an order of interim injunction to stop Tinubu’s inauguration, as the plaintiffs alleged that the President-elect lied on oath in the form he submitted to INEC.
Meanwhile, the apex court affirmed that Tinubu and Shettima were eligible to contest the presidential election held on February 25.
In an appeal marked SC/CV/501/2023, the PDP sought Tinubu’s disqualification on grounds of the double nomination of his then-running mate, Shettima.
PDP argued that Shettima’s dual nomination was in gross breach of the provisions of Sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, 2022. The party, therefore prayed the court to nullify Tinubu and Shettima’s candidacy.
Opposing the position by the plaintiff, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) contended that the PDP ought to have remained an onlooker no matter its grievance in how the APC nominated its candidates.
“It is abundantly clear that the appellant 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,” he said.
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