Court closes PDP case against Tinubu and Obi

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A Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday that contested the choice of stand-ins made by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi, the respective presidential aspirants for the All Progressives Congress and Labour Party. 

In a ruling, Justice Donatus Okorowo ruled that the lawsuit constituted an abuse of the legal system because the plaintiff’s claims were outside the bounds of the law. 

He claimed that the lawsuit, brought by Gordy Uche (SAN) on behalf of the PDP, lacked any evidence of a valid claim against the respondents, depriving the court of the authority to hear the matter.

The PDP had, by the suit checked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1016/2022 tested the legitimacy of the selection of placeholders by the official applicants of the APC and LP, asserting among others, that such method was unlawful.

Likewise named with Tinubu, the APC, Obi and LP were Kabiru Masari (placeholder for the APC), Doyin Okupe (placeholder for LP), and the Free Public Electing Commission.

The PDP fought that the term ‘placeholder’ is obscure to the law in the nation, adding that the Electing Act, 2022 makes no arrangements at all for placeholder or brief running mates.

The party contended that demonstrations of the second (the APC), third (Tinubu), fifth (Work Party) and 6th (Obi) litigants in choosing and sending the names of the fourth (Masari) and seventh (Okupe) respondents as running mates for the 2023 official political race is legitimate and staying alive and couldn’t be abrogated by the ensuing selection of Kashim Shettima and Datti Baba-Ahmed.

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