The People’s Democratic Party’s lawsuit seeking the disqualification of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has been dismissed by a federal high court sitting in Abuja .
The PDP had in its lawsuit marked FHC / ABJ / CS / 1016/2022, challenged the legality of the substitution of running mates in the APC and the Labor Party.
The opposition party which claimed that the 2022 electoral law did not provide for a “placeholder” or temporary running mate, asked the court to declare that Tinubu and Obi are disqualified unless they stand alongside their former running mates; Kabiru Masari and Doyin Okupe respectively.
In the lawsuit which has INEC, APC, Tinubu, Masari, Labor Party, Obi and Okupe as defendants, the PDP also asked the court to determine whether “by the combined interpretation of Article 142(1) of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sections 29(1), 31, 33 of the Elections Act 2022, the 1st Respondent (INEC) may validly agree to any change or substitution of the 4th (Masari) and 7th (Okupe) Respondents as running mates of the 3rd (APC) and 6th (Labour) defendants”.
Ruling on the case after the respondents in the lawsuit challenged the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case, Judge Donatus Okorowo said the lawsuit fell outside the court’s jurisdiction.
He then dismissed the case, which he said lacks merit and constitutes an abuse of legal process.