Court Adjourns APM’s Petition Seeking Tinubu’s Disqualification Indefinitely

The Presidential Election Petition Court delivered a reserved judgment on Friday regarding the petition filed by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM). The APM sought the disqualification of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu from the February 25 presidential election based on the claim of unlawful nomination. However, the Court adjourned its verdict indefinitely after both parties presented their final arguments.

The APM’s petition centered on the request to invalidate Tinubu’s election, citing the unlawful nomination of his Vice Presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima. The APM claimed that Shettima had been nominated twice by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for different constituencies: the Borno Central Senatorial District and as Vice Presidential candidate. They argued that this double nomination by Shettima and the APC violated the Electoral Act.

During the final address adoption, APM’s counsel, Andrew Malgwu SAN, urged the Court to nullify Tinubu and Shettima’s nominations due to their alleged unlawful, illegal, and unjustifiable nature. On the other hand, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the first respondent in the petition, requested the Court to dismiss the petition for lacking merit. The APC, represented by Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi SAN, also called for the petition’s dismissal, stating that it was frivolous and unwarranted. Fagbemi argued that the petition was invalid based on a Supreme Court judgment that prohibits political parties from interfering in the internal affairs of other parties, particularly regarding nomination issues.

Similarly, Tinubu and Shettima, represented by Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, contended that the APM’s petition should never have been filed in the first place and demanded its outright dismissal. Olanipekun stated that the petition should have been voluntarily withdrawn after the Supreme Court ruling, which established that no party has the right to meddle in another party’s nomination process for elective positions.

Following the proceedings, the Presiding Justice of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, adjourned the judgment indefinitely. Justice Tsammani informed the numerous lawyers present that they would be notified once the judgment was ready.

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