Supreme Court dismisses PDP suit seeking disqualification of Tinubu, Shettima
The inauguration of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima has received the judicial approval from the Supreme Court.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s PDP lawsuit, which sought to disqualify them from the 2023 presidential election, was dismissed by the court on Friday.
The PDP’s lawsuit asking for Tinubu and Shettima’s disqualification was deemed to have a glaring lack of merit by the Supreme Court, which dismissed it.
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In the lead judgement, Justice Adamu Jauro imposed a fine of N2 million on the PDP for interfering with the All Progressives Congress’ internal affairs during the primary election process and the nomination of its candidates.
Justice Jauro agreed with Tinubu’s lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, that PDP acted as busy body and meddlesome interloper in the ways and manners it dabbled into APC’s affairs unjustly.
The Apex Court ruled that in addition to the PDP lacking the necessary jurisdiction to file the lawsuit, the party had also failed to present any proof that Shettima had used a double nomination scheme.
The PDP’s allegation of the Vice President-elect’s duplicate nomination was called regrettable and obviously intentional mischief intended to deceive the Court and the nation.
The Supreme Court also agreed with Fagbemi that PDP must remain an observer notwithstanding its complaints regarding way the APC conducted its primary poll and chose its candidates.
“It is abundantly clear that the Appellant (PDP) in the totality of its position in the instant case, is peeping and poke nosing into the affairs of another party as a busy body and meddlesome interloper,” he said.
The Court held that the action of PDP was painful because it used the social media to set a booby trap for the Supreme Court to blackmail it.