Tinubu: Court throws out suit challenging candidacy

Tinubu: Court throws out suit challenging candidacy

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday December 7, 2022 dismissed a lawsuit that contested the eligibility of Bola Tinubu to run for president as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.

A few days after the former Lagos State Governor won the APC presidential primary; Ngozika Ihuoma, a rights activist and APC loyalist, dragged Tinubu; as well as the Peoples Democratic Party’s nominee, Atiku Abubakar, to court on June 9, 2022; for allegedly breaking existing electoral rules.

The two presidential candidates, along with their parties; the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation; were sued in the case with the filing number FHC/ ABJ/CS/854/2022.

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Ihuoma sought for six reliefs, which included INEC barring Tinubu from contesting the 2023 presidential election.

In defense of the suit, the law office of Babatunde Ogala (SAN) & Co on behalf of the APC filed a counter affidavit in opposition to the originating summons and a notice of preliminary objection.

The case was however dismissed by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.

Justice Fadima Muritala described the plaintiff as a “meddlesome interloper having no locus standi to institute the suit.”

He, therefore, dismissed the case for being speculative after APC’s counsel, Julius Ishola Esq, from Babatunde Ogala had urged the court to dismiss it with heavy cost for wasting judicial time.

It was the fourth case to be dismissed by the court in recent times.

This was further confirmed in a statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, hours after the ruling.

Onanuga disclosed that the counter affidavit challenged Ihuoma’s locus standi and grounds for the action.

He said, “The counter affidavit also punctured Ihuoma’s case against Tinubu as academic, theoretical and an abuse of court process. The court on Monday upheld the defense counsel’s objections and struck out the case.”

 

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