2023 Elections: Heartbreak as Court Gives Final Verdict on Tinubu’s Candidacy

2023 Elections: Heartbreak as Court Gives Final Verdict on Tinubu’s Candidacy

  • The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, December 7, dismissed a suit challenging Bola Tinubu's candidacy
  • During the court proceeding on Wednesday, Justice Fadima Aminu Muritala said the plaintiff, Elder Ngozika Ihuoma, has no locus standi to institute the suit
  • Moreover, the presiding judge, dismissing the application against Tinubu, described Ihuoma meddlesome interloper

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Abuja - A case challenging the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was on Wednesday, December 7, dismissed by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

In a statement made available to Legit.ng, the APC Presidential Campaign Council's director, Bayo Onanuga, noted that this is the fourth case to be dismissed by the courts in recent weeks.

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The court ruled that the plaintiff has no basis to institute a case against Tinubu (Photo: Joe Igbokwe)
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In the latest case with suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/854/2022, Justice Fadima Aminu Muritala described the plaintiff, Elder Ngozika Ihuoma as a “meddlesome interloper having no locus standi to institute the suit”.

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The presiding judge, therefore, dismissed the case for being speculative after APC’s counsel, Julius Ishola Esq from Babatunde Ogala & Co had urged the Court to dismiss it with a heavy cost for wasting judicial time.

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Ihuoma dragged Tinubu and five others to court on 9 June, 2022 after the former Lagos State Governor won the APC presidential primary election.

He sought six reliefs, which included INEC barring Tinubu from contesting the 2023 presidential election.

In defense of the suit, the law office of Babatunde Ogala (SAN) & Co on behalf of All Progressives Congress filed a counter affidavit in opposition to the Originating Summons and a Notice of Preliminary Objection.

The counter affidavit challenged Ihuoma’s locus standi and grounds for the action.

It sought a court declaration that the case was speculative, pre-emptive, and non-justiciable being the internal affairs of a political party.

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The counter affidavit also punctured Ihuoma’s case as academic, theoretical, and an abuse of court process.

The court on Monday upheld the defense counsel’s objections and struck out the case.

In the last couple of weeks, the courts have dismissed several cases brought against Asiwaju Tinubu by opposition elements, including Action Alliance, for being frivolous, lacking in merit, and abuse of court processes.

Atiku or Peter Obi? Tinubu speaks on who he will support if he wasn't running for president in 2023

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says he won’t vote for any of his counterparts if he weren’t contesting the 2023 presidential election.

Tinubu was asked in an interview he granted BBC Africa if would vote for either Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) if he weren’t on the ballot.

The former Lagos state governor, however, said he wouldn't vote for any of them.

Source: Legit.ng

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