BREAKING NEWS: SUPREME COURT DISMISSES PDP’S SUIT, CHALLENGING ALLEGED DOUBLE NOMINATION OF KASSIM SHETTIMA
Agrees with the lower courts that the PDP lacks the locus standi to institute the case
Justice Adamu Jauro who read the Judgement, adds that the PDP acted as a meddlesome Interloper and a busybody as it is an internal affair of the APC.
The Court awards the sum of 2 million Naira against the PDP and Also dismissed the suit for lacking merit
The court holds that the VP elect, withdrew his nomination for the senate before accepting the position of the Vice president and there are documents to attest to that; the justices further hold that the attitude of the appellant (PDP), amounts to misleading the court and describes it as “sad”
Shettima withdrew his senate nomination on 6th July 2022 and was subsequently replaced. At this point, he was no longer a candidate for the Senate, and his position of vice President, Is not a multiple nomination.
In the case of Uche Nwosu which the PDP relied on, the supreme court justices reminded them that they made the decision at that time and are fully aware of the details.
Uche Nwosu in his case, got nominated by two political parties for different positions
They hold that the Suit of the PDP was bound to fail right from the trial court, to the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.
The court further holds that the action of the PDP was painful as it used social media to set a trap for the supreme court to blackmail I, describing it as unfortunate and uncalled for stressing that a political party has no right to challenge the action of another party, or the decision of INEC, in respect of another party
The Court adds that for a person to have locustandidi to challenge the nomination process of a political party, the person must be a natural person and an aspirant to that position, and a member of the party.
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