Dismissal of PDP’s lawsuit against Tinubu and Obi’s placeholders
A lawsuit brought by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to contest the selection of stand-ins by Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi, the APC and LP’s presidential candidates, has been rejected.
On Monday, September 19, 2022, Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court in Abuja issued a ruling concluding that the PDP’s lawsuit was an abuse of the legal system.
The judge also said that the plaintiff’s concerns weren’t covered by the law.
Additionally, according to Justice Okorowo, the suit failed to present any grounds for action against the respondents.
The judge ruled that a court has the authority to dismiss a lawsuit if it determines that it is an abuse of the legal system.
The PDP has contested the APC and LP’s nomination of stand-in candidates for president in a lawsuit with the filing number FHC/ABJ/CS/1016/2022.
In order to meet the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the ruling APC, nominated Kabiru Masari as a stand-in running mate. Peter Obi, the candidate for the opposition LP, did the same with Doyin Okugbe.
However, the PDP claimed that Nigerian law does not recognize the word “placeholder” in its lawsuits against the parties.
The party added that the subsequent nominations of Sens. Kashim Shettima and Datti Baba-Ahmed could not invalidate the nomination of Masari and Okupe as presidential running mates.