The Court of Charm in Abuja has dismissed an appeal by the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) searching for to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and his operating mate Kashim Shettima, from the particular concluded presidential election.
The court docket, in a unanimous judgment delivered by a three-member panel led by Justice James Abundaga on Friday, March 24th, held that the PDP failed to display hide locus standi to institute the case.
The PDP had earlier filed an entice reverse the Federal High Court’s January thirteenth judgment, which dismissed its plod well with on the grounds that it lacked locus standi.
While the PDP turned into the appellant, the Neutral Nationwide Electoral Commission (INEC), APC, Tinubu, and Shettima were respondents within the appeal.
The PDP’s plod well with, filed on July twenty eighth, 2022, challenged the validity of the Tinubu/Shettima ticket for the 2023 presidential election. The social gathering argued that Shettima’s nomination as the operating mate violated the provisions of Sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1)(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022 (as amended), which claimed that Shettima had double nominations.
Per the plod well with filed, Shettima being nominated as the vice-presidential candidate and as well the candidate for the Borno Central Senatorial seat violated the legislation.
The PDP had solicited for an present to disqualify the APC, Tinubu, and Shettima from contesting the presidential election and an present nullifying their candidacy. The social gathering also asked the court docket to compel INEC to take hang of away their names from its list of nominated or sponsored candidates eligible to contest the election.
On the replacement hand, the defendants nudged the court docket of entice brush off the plod well with for lack of jurisdiction, arguing that the plaintiff lacked locus standi to institute the case, which challenged APC’s risk and its nomination of candidates for the election, which were inner the confines of the social gathering’s inner affairs and thus, non-justiciable.
Justice Abundaga while delivering the lead judgment, agreed with the respondents’ legal professionals’ submissions that the PDP turned into only meddling within the inner affairs of the APC.
He agreed that the trial court docket turned into precise to occupy held that the PDP failed to achieve its locus standi, thus, affirming the judgment of the Federal High Court.
“The appellant, having failed to characterize its locus standi, this appeal fails, and it’s hereby dismissed”, he said. The resolve also awarded N5 million fee against J. O. Olotu, the appellant’s lawyer.
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