2 Things That May Happen as Supreme Court Gives Verdict on PDP’s Suit Seeking Tinubu, Shettima’s Sack
- The Supreme Court is set to decide the fate of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, the president and vice president-elect, in the suit filed by the PDP against the candidacy of Shettima
- Two legal practitioners, in a separate interview with Legit.ng, predicted the possible outcome of the hearing at the apex court
- While Festus Ogun posited that the case could be dismissed for lack of locus standi, Oluwole Moses maintained that Atiku Abubakar could be declared the winner
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The fate of the president and vice president-elect, Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, is expected to be decided at the Supreme Court today, Friday, May 26.
According to Daily Trust, the apex court is expected to give its verdict on the suit seeking the disqualification of Tinubu and Shettima over the alleged double nomination of the vice president-elect.
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Justice Inyang Okoro-led panel of justices of the apex court had on Monday, May 22, fixed today's date after listening to the counsels on the matter.
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The appeal was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who alleged that Shettima had double nomination as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District and the party's vice presidential candidate.
In separate interviews with Legit.ng, two legal icons posited that the PDP might not win and gave their reasons.
PDP lacks locus standi
Festus Ogun, a constitutional lawyer, said the PDP lacked the legal right to challenge a candidate's nomination in another party.
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"I litigated not less than four matters on this point last year. Our courts were in unison in holding that another political party lacks the locus to question the nomination of a rival political party’s candidate. This is the law as we know it."
Atiku may be declared the winner
Barrister Oluwole Moses, on his part, likened the situation to the case between the PDP and the APC in Bayelsa state in 2023.
The legal practitioner said:
"This question seems like an inquisition into a déjà vu event one like the illusion of what happened in Bayelsa state.
"You will recall the Supreme Court's decision in the case filed by the PDP and its governorship candidate, Douye Diri against Messrs Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo, and INEC, seeking the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate wherein it was ordered, upon the nullification of the APC's deputy governor candidacy, that INEC should immediately declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election."
May 29: DSS sends strong warning to 'subversive elements', media, CSOs
Legit.ng earlier reported that the DSS had raised the alarm over a fresh plot by some subversive elements to truncate the inauguration of Bola Tinubu, the president-elect.
Peter Afunaya, the spokesperson of the secret police, said the agency was aware of the plot and prepared ahead of them.
Afunaya, in a statement on Thursday, then urged Nigerians, CSOs and media to adhere strictly to the security guidelines on the day of the inauguration in Abuja.