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Presidential Tribunal strikes out APM petition against Tinubu/Shettima for lack of merit

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The presidential election tribunal at the Court of Appeals in Abuja on Wednesday declared that the petition lodged by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) concerning Kashim Shettima’s alleged dual nomination is without merit.

The basis of the APM’s petition revolved around the eligibility of President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Shettima to contest the presidential election scheduled for February 25, 2023.

According to the tribunal, the APM’s petition lacks any substantial merit. Haruna Tsammani, who delivered the verdict on behalf of the panel, emphasized that the tribunal lacks the authority to address or make determinations regarding the qualification or disqualification of a candidate.

Tsammani further clarified that the issue of Shettima’s alleged dual nomination had already been conclusively addressed by the Supreme Court, making it impermissible for anyone to litigate this matter again.

The tribunal emphasized that matters related to the eligibility or ineligibility of candidates fall within the realm of pre-election issues, which should have been brought before the Federal High Court within 14 days following the primary election.

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Furthermore, the tribunal asserted that the APM did not possess the legal standing (locus standi) to challenge the qualifications of a candidate from another political party. It highlighted that only an aspirant who participated in a primary election could legitimately contest the outcome of that election.

The tribunal referenced a recent judgment delivered by the Supreme Court on May 26, in which the apex court dismissed an appeal filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on a similar matter.

Regarding the APM’s argument that Shettima remained a candidate on July 14, when he was nominated as the vice presidential candidate, Tsammani noted that there was evidence before the tribunal to support Shettima’s resignation from his position as the Borno Central senatorial candidate on July 6.

Thus, the tribunal concluded that Shettima’s nomination as vice president did not constitute a dual nomination.

In light of these findings, the presidential election tribunal has dismissed the APM’s petition, upholding the eligibility of President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Shettima to participate in the forthcoming presidential election on February 25, 2023.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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