May 29: Atiku’s PDP Suit Against Tinubu And Shettima Dismissed By Supreme Court!

The supreme court has dismissed the suit seeking the disqualification of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A five-member panel of the supreme court held on Friday, May 26, 2023, that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate lacked the locus standi to institute the suit.

The panel said the PDP is not a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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

However, Justice Adamu Jauro while reading the Judgement stated the PDP acted as 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.

By Temitope Hassan