Supreme Court dismisses PDP’s suit against Tinubu, Shettima

A sum of Two Million Naira was awarded against the PDP, even as the suit was dismissed for lacking in merit.

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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 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through their counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

The PDP alleged that Shettima had double nomination as senatorial candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District and vice-presidential candidate under the All Progressives Congress.

Channels reports that the Apex court agrees with the lower courts that the PDP lacks the locus Standi to institute the case.

Justice Adamu Jauro who read the Judgement, added that the PDP acted as a meddlesome Interloper and a busybody as it is an internal affair of the APC.

A sum of Two Million Naira was awarded against the PDP, even as the suit was dismissed for lacking in merit.

The Justices further held that the attitude of the appellant (PDP), amounts to misleading the court, describing the move as “sad”.

Shettima withdrew his senate nomination on 6th July 2022 and was subsequently replaced. At this point, he was no longer a candidate for the Senate, and as such his position as vice president, did not constitute a multiple nomination breach.

On the case of Uche Nwosu which the PDP relied on, the Supreme Court Justices reminded them that they made the decision as at that time and are fully aware of the details.

Uche Nwosu in his case, got nominated by two political parties for different positions. They held that the suit of the PDP, was bound to fail right from the trial court, to the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.

The Justices further held that the action of the PDP was painful as it used social media to set a trap for the Apex court to blackmail it, describing this situation as unfortunate and uncalled for.

According to the judges, a political party has no right to challenge the action of another party, or the decision of INEC, in respect of another party.

They added that for a person to have locus standi to challenge the nomination process of a political party, the person must be a neutral person and an aspirant to that position, and a member of the party.

 

NAN/Channels