Supreme Court Dismisses PDP’s Suit Against Shettima’s Nomination

Supreme Court Dismisses PDP’s Suit Against Shettima’s Nomination

The Supreme Court docket has upheld the candidacy of Vice-President-elect Kashim Shettima and won’t grant the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP)’s request to nullify his joint candidacy with President-elect Bola Tinubu within the February 25 presidential election. 

In a ruling delivered Friday by a five-man panel of the apex court docket, the court docket upheld the decrease courts’ judgment and dismissed the appellants’ case as a result of the go well with constituted an abuse of court docket course of and lack of locus standi. 

The court docket dominated that the sections of the legislation relied upon by the appellant can’t be used to intervene within the affairs of rival political events, “irrespective of how disgruntled it’s.” 

The PDP had argued earlier than the court docket that Mr Shettima’s choice as Mr Tinubu’s working mate after he had already bought nomination varieties to the Home of Meeting violated sections 29(1), 33, 35 and 84{1)}(2)} of the Electoral Act, 2022 (as amended). 

The opposition that Mr Shettima, on the time of his nomination, had not resigned his candidacy within the Borno Central senatorial election. 

The case was first dismissed by the Abuja Division of the Federal Excessive Court docket after Justice Inyang Ekwo dominated that the matter was an inside celebration affair and the claimant had not demonstrated that it had the locus standi to problem the inner celebration affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

The Justice James Abundaga-led panel of the appellate court docket additionally dismissed the case, agreeing with the excessive court docket that the PDP failed to point out that it had a lawful foundation to dabble within the inside affairs of the APC.

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