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Double nomination: Supreme Court dismisses PDP’s appeal against Tinubu, Shettima

Supreme Court, on Friday, dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, over alleged double nomination.

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party brought the appeal through their counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

PDP had alleged that Shettima had double nomination as senatorial candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District and vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

Supreme Court, however, held that the PDP lacked the locus standi to bring the action, since the main opposition party was not a member of the APC.

The PDP appeal had earlier been dismissed by the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal for lack of locus standi and a cost of N5 million awarded against the PDP. But not satisfied with the judgement of the lower courts, the party approached the Supreme Court.

PDP had prayed the apex court to hear the matter on its merit and determine the grounds set out for the suit.

The PDP, in the suit filed on July 28, 2022, claimed that the double nomination breached the provisions of sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1)(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

The main opposition party submitted that Shettima was still the nominated senatorial candidate on July 14, 2022, having emerged in the May primary of the APC, when he was again nominated the vice presidential candidate.

PDP submitted that he withdrew his senatorial nomination on July 15, 2022, and was by then in breach of Section 33 on multiple nominations.

Earlier, on January 13, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, dismissed the suit on the grounds that the PDP lacked the locus standi.

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