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Double nomination: S’Court dismisses PDP’s suit against Tinubu, Shettima

The Supreme Court has dismissed a suit filed by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seeking the disqualification of president-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu and vice president-elect Kashim Shettima.

The opposition party (PDP), had filed a suit against the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential and vice-presidental candidates, on grounds that the vice presidential candidate was nominated twice in the 2023 race, under the ruling party (APC).

The PDP in its suit had argued that Shettima’s nomination as Tinubu’s running mate was in breach of the provisions of sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1)(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

The opposition party claimed that Shettima’s nomination to contest the position of vice-president and Borno central senatorial seat — at the same time — contravened the law.

Delivering judgement on the suit on Friday, a five-member panel of the supreme court ruled that the petitioner lacked the locus standi to institute the suit, as the PDP is not a member of the APC.

It therefore dismissed the suit. The apex court also awarded ₦2 million cost against the plaintiff for wasting the respondents’ time.

Sequel to this, the coast is now clear for the inauguration of the President-elect and his Vice President-elect, scheduled to hold Monday, May 29.

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