Obi, Tinubu Object Suit Challenging Replacement Of Running Mates

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour party (LP) has filed a notice of preliminary objection challenging the nomination of Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed, as his running mate, in place of the withdrawn placeholder, Doyin Okupe. THE WILLS reports.

The matter came up before Justice A.R. Mohammed on Wednesday.

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The suit (FHC/ABJ/CS/1215/2022), was filed by the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is the first defendant.

Other defendants in the case include the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso, Ladipo Johnson, Bishop Isaac Idahosa, LP, Peter Gregory Obi; Okupe, Datti-Baba Ahmed, All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Kabir Masari and Kashim Shettima. Information Guide Nigeria

The plaintiff represented by Hakeem Kareem Esq, principally challenged the validity of the nomination of the current running mates to Tinubu (Shettima), Obi (Datti-Baba Ahmed) and Kwankwaso (Idahosa). jamb results

At the proceeding, there was no legal representation for INEC, Tinubu, Masari and Shettima.

In his preliminary objection, Alex Ejesieme (SAN), who represented LP, Obi and Okupe, argued that the internal affairs of a political party, regarding nomination and sponsorship of its candidate can only be challenged by an aspirant, who validly participated in its primaries.

Ejesieme asked the court to dismiss the suit for want of jurisdiction, for being statute barred (out of time) and for the APM, an opposition party having no legal right to institute the action.

The APC, represented by A.S Ajikobi, also raised objection to the plaintiff suit.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the case to September 7 for mention.

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