2023 Presidency: Court Rules on Motion Seeking Disqualification of Tinubu, Atiku
- An ex-parte motion seeking to restrain INEC from accepting Tinubu and Atiku as the presidential candidates of the APC and the PDP respectively has been declined
- The Federal High Court in Abuja has declined the request for an interim order which was made by two political groups
- Justice Inyang Ekwo, ruling on the ex-parte motion said it was proper to hear from other parties involved in the case
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FCT, Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has declined the request for an interim order to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidates of the APC and the PDP respectively.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on Tuesday, June 28, on an ex-parte motion, said it was proper to hear from other parties in the case filed by two groups, the Incorporated Trustees of Rights for Al International and the Northern Nigerian Youth Democrats, through their lawyer, Okere Nnamdi. The Nation reported.
Justice Ekwo ordered the groups, who are plaintiffs in the substantive suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/942/2022 to serve all the defendants, including through newspaper publications.
The judge adjourned the hearing till July 14.
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Allegations against Tinubu and Atiku
The plaintiffs are contending, in the substantive suit, that the national conventions held by both the APC and PDP were marred by an alleged act of corruption in the forms of delegates’ inducement and vote-buying.
They claimed that both candidates of the APC and PDP induced delegates with dollars and naira as allegedly claimed by some other participants in the conventions.
The plaintiffs are also contending that the PDP violated the Federal Character Principle and its constitution by electing a candidate outside the southeast geo-political zone.
They are praying the court to among others, void the outcome of both conventions and restrain INEC from accepting the two presidential candidates of the APC and PDP.
Defendants in the case include the APC, PDP, INEC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and all the presidential aspirants of both parties, who participated in both conventions.
Fresh update emerges about another suit seeking Tinubu's disqualification
In another report, the leadership of the Action Alliance (AA) has dissociated itself from a lawsuit filed against Tinubu.
The national chairman of the party, Adekunle Omoaje, said in a statement that Upkai Ukairo and Kalu Agu, the two men who instituted the litigation, are not members of the party.
Omoaje said the APC presidential standard-bearer had not committed any offence that would warrant a court case against him by his party.