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Court dismisses PDP’s suit seeking Tinubu, Peter Obi’s disqualification for substituting running mates

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Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed a suit instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to disqualify All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and Labour Party’s Mr Peter Obi over alleged unlawful substitution of their running mates.

The judge held that PDP lacked merit and was aimed at irritating opponents in the 2023 presidential election.

Justice Okorowo specifically held that the suit filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Gordy Uche on behalf of PDP was incompetent and unjustifiable as it disclosed no reasonable cause of action.

Besides, the judge said that PDP failed woefully to disclose any injury it suffered in the substitution of running mates carried out by APC and Labour Party.

The running mates whose substitution are being challenged by PDP are Kabiru Masari and Doyin Okupe for APC and Labour Party respectively.

In the suit, PDP claimed that the Electoral Act 2022 did not make provision for a “place holder” or temporary running mate and that time for resignation, withdrawal or substitution of presidential candidates of conduct of fresh primaries to replace them is not applicable to Masari and Okupe.

PDP also contended that Tinubu and Obi can only qualify to contest the 2023 presidential election with Masari and Okupe as their respective running mates.

The judge however held that the issue of nomination and substitution are internal affairs of parties and that courts have no jurisdiction to dabble into them.

Defendants in the suit with No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1016/2022 are INEC, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Kabiru Masari, Labour Party, Peter Obi and Doyin Okupe and 1st to 7th defendants respectively.


    Court dismisses PDP’s suit seeking Tinubu, Peter Obi’s disqualification for substituting running mates - Mascot Mascot Duke - Sep 19, 2022 8:42 pm

    Peter obi remains the remedy and the true unifier

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    Court dismisses PDP’s suit seeking Tinubu, Peter Obi’s disqualification for substituting running mates - Paul Michael - Sep 20, 2022 3:47 pm

    The PDP should know better that no court in Nigeria will disqualify an APC presidential candidate when the federal government is controlled by APC.

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    Court dismisses PDP’s suit seeking Tinubu, Peter Obi’s disqualification for substituting running mates - Richard Uzegbu - Sep 20, 2022 3:48 pm

    That’s how PDP will unify the country by taking fellow contenders to court and seek for their disqualification.

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    Court dismisses PDP’s suit seeking Tinubu, Peter Obi’s disqualification for substituting running mates - Richard Uzegbu - Sep 21, 2022 6:52 am

    That’s how PDP will unify the country by taking fellow contenders to court and seek for their disqualification.

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    Court dismisses PDP’s suit seeking Tinubu, Peter Obi’s disqualification for substituting running mates - Chuks Ka Dibia - Sep 26, 2022 12:26 pm

    We know that the suit was effort in futility.

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