BREAKING: Court dismisses PDP case seeking for Tinubu, Peter Obi disqualification over choice of running mates

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi, the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP) respectively.

Recall, in July 2022, the PDP approached the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prevent Tinubu and Peter Obi, from replacing their place-holders, Gov Kabiru Masari, and Doyin Okupe, respectively.

The PDP prayed the court should stop the two candidates from naming Senator Kashim Shettima and Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, respectively as their running mates.

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It also asked the court to declare that Tinubu and Obi be disqualified unless they contest alongside Okupe and Masari, respectively.

However, Justice Donatus Okorowo, in a judgment, on Monday, September 19, 2022, held that the suit was unknown to law and hence, described it as “an abuse of court process.”

Okorowo, who said the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter, also held that the suit did not disclose any reasonable cause of action against the respondents.

In the originating summons, with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1016/2022, the PDP is seeking an order barring INEC from replacing the running mates of Tinubu and Obi.

Those listed as first to seventh respondents in the case are INEC, APC, Tinubu, Masari, Labour Party, Obi and Okupe.

“When a court finds out that a suit is an abuse of court process, the court has the right to dismiss it,” he said.

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