BREAKING: SUPREME COURT DISMISSES PDP’S SUIT CHALLENGING TINUBU’S VICTORY
The Supreme Court has dismissed PDP’s suit challenging the election of president-elect Bola Tinubu.
The Apex court decision by Justice Adamu Jauro was made in a sitting on Friday May 26 in Abuja.
The Apex court agrees with the lower courts that the PDP lacks the locus Standi to file the suit.
While reading the judgement, Justice Adamu Jauro said that the PDP acted as meddlesome Interloper and a busy body as it is an internal affair of the APC.
The court awarded a sum of Two Million Naira against the PDP in addition to the dismissal of the suit.
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.
In PDP’s appeal marked: SC/CV/501/2023, brought before the court, it seeks the disqualification of Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Sheettima.
The PDP claimed that the APC and Tinubu’s nomination of Shettima as a Vice Presidential candidate for the election violated Sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, 2022, as amended.
It told the court that there was evidence to establish that Shettima was nominated twice, both for the Vice Presidential position, as well as for Borno Central Senatorial seat, an action the PDP maintained was in contravention of the law.
The appellant further requested the court to invalidate the candidacies of Tinubu and Shettima and order the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to strike their names from the list of nominated or sponsored candidates who were qualified to run for president.