The suit praying for All Progressive Congress’s Bola Tinubu’s disqualification from running for president due to alleged violations of the Electoral Act will be heard by the Federal High Court in Abuja on October 6.
The lawsuit, filed in tandem with a non-governmental organisation operating under the auspices of the Incorporated Trustees of Rights for All International, was brought by the outgoing Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, and requests that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, candidate Atiku Abubakar be disqualified due to the same allegation.
Service of all pertinent court documents and hearing notices on each and every defendant in the case was mandated by Justice Inyang Ekwo.
You may recall that Nwajiuba, an APC member and one of the party’s candidates for president, had obtained permission from the court to file lawsuits against both Tinubu and Atiku, the PDP candidate for president.
The plaintiffs specifically claimed that the primary election that produced Tinubu as the APC’s 2023 presidential candidate was tainted by corruption and widespread vote buying in the lawsuit they filed through their counsel, Mr. Okere Nnamdi, and insisted that the majority of the delegates were bought over with dollars.
In his proof of evidence, the ex-Minister, who received just one vote in the APC primary on June 8, included a video of Rotimi Amaechi, the previous minister of transportation, denouncing the sale of votes. This was done to support his claim.
The Plaintiffs further questioned Tinubu’s income source and educational background.
They prayed the court to declare that Tinubu, “who had previously sworn an affidavit in the INEC nomination form declaring that he lost his primary and secondary school documents and benefitted therefrom, cannot in a later affidavit deny and abandon same facts deposed in the previous affidavit and thus falsely contradicting his academic qualifications”.