The appeal, referenced SC/CV/501/2023, brought in court by the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), aims to disqualify Tinubu and Vice President-elect Senator Kashim Shettima.
PDP claimed that how the APC and Tinubu nominated Shettima as vice presidential candidate for the election was in gross violation of the provisions of Sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, 2022, as amended.
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The court was told that there was evidence that Shettima was nominated twice, both for the position of vice-president and for the seat on Borno’s central senator, a move the PDP believes is unlawful.
In addition to asking the court to annul Tinubu and Shettima’s candidacy, the appellant also sought an injunction to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove their names from the list of nominated or sponsored candidates who were eligible to vote in the presidential election.
Meanwhile, a five-member Supreme Court panel led by Justice Inyang Okoro approved the matter for decision after all parties accepted their final arguments.
While the PDP, through its attorney, Mr.Joe Agi, SAN, has asked the court to uphold its case and overturn the Court of Appeal’s ruling on the matter, Tinubu and the APC’s attorney, Mr.Babatunde Ogala, SAN, has moved that the lawsuit be dismissed because it was unfounded.
In addition, the defendants contended that the matter was statute-barred due to the expiration of the time limit for hearing and deciding such a primary election case.
For its part, INEC, through its lawyer, Mr.Adebiyi Adetosoye, said it supported Tinubu’s and APC’s claim that the appeal be dismissed with substantial costs.
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