The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s quest to disqualify Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suffered a major setback.
This follows the ruling of the court of appeal in Abuja which dismissed the party’s appeal.
Recall that the opposition party had in 2022 urged the court to disqualify the APC candidate and his running mate on the ground that Shettima’s nomination was in breach of the provisions of sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1)(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022.
According to PDP, as at the time of his nomination as vice presidential candidate, Shettima was also the APC senatorial candidate of Borno central senatorial seat.
The suit was however dismissed by justice Inyang Ekwo who insisted that PDP lacked the locus standi to institute the suit.
In reaction, the PDP immediately approached the appeal court.
However, the appeal court has also ruled in the favour of Tinubu and his running mate.
The court led by James Abundaga held that the PDP failed to establish that it had locus standi to institute the case.
The justice described the PDP as a “busybody”, who dabbled into issues that were internal affairs of the APC.
“The appellant, having failed to disclose its locus standi, this appeal fails and it is hereby dismissed.”