The Supreme Court of Nigeria has fixed May 26 as the date for delivering judgment in the PDP’s suit seeking the disqualification of Tinubu and Vice Kassim Shettima.
The judgment will determine whether Shettima’s candidacy will be upheld or invalidated, potentially affecting Tinubu’s inauguration as president.
The case revolves around the allegation of double nomination and the PDP’s request to reverse the Court of Appeal’s ruling.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that theSupreme Court of Nigeria has scheduled May 26 as the date for delivering its judgment in the case filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking the disqualification of President-elect Bola Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kassim Shettima.
The PDP has also urged the court to overturn the Court of Appeal’s ruling, which stated that the party failed to establish its legal standing.
This impending judgment, just days before the presidential inauguration, will determine whether Shettima can assume the vice presidency or if his candidacy will be invalidated.
If Shettima is disqualified, it could potentially affect Tinubu’s inauguration as president since they ran on a joint ticket.
During the court proceedings, senior lawyer Joe Agim argued that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had previously admitted to Shettima’s double nomination at the appellate court, while the APC denied the allegation.
Agim cited a precedent involving Uche Nwosu and ADP to support his claim that the respondents should not be given the opportunity to present their arguments due to the punishment for double nomination.
On the other hand, the APC lawyer, Omosanya Popoola, rebuked Agim’s motion, stating that the PDP had no legal standing to raise the matter based on a Federal High Court ruling, which was later upheld by the Court of Appeal.
Popoola further contended that the time for challenging the matter had expired as it was a pre-election issue, exceeding the 180-day limit.
In response, Agim argued that the number of days was not a determining factor, referencing the precedent set by Uche Nwosu’s case, where the Supreme Court previously stated that “time does not run” when dealing with matters of double nomination. The five-member justices, led by Inyang Okoro, announced that the Court will deliver its judgment on Friday, May 26.
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