- The ruling All Progress Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will contest next month’s presidential election.
- Tinubu and the APC who have been fighting a lawsuit over the adoption of the same faith ticket were acquitted by the Federal High Court in Abuja
- Judge Ahmed Mohammed, who presided over the case, said the lawsuit seeking Tinubu’s disqualification lacked merit. locus standi
FCT, Abuja – The All Progressive Congress (APC) received a favorable ruling from the Abuja Federal High Court after it dismissed a lawsuit brought by lawyer Osigwe Momoh seeking the disqualification of Bola Tinubu as a standard-bearer for the ruling party.
As The Nation reported, Momoh filed the suit on the premise that the APC settled for a Muslim-Muslim ticket for next month’s presidential election.
In delivering the verdict, Judge Ahmed Mohammed held that the plaintiff lacked locus standi to have approached the court on the issue.
The presiding judge went further by stating that a favorable verdict would not be delivered to the plaintiff due to a lack of evidence that he is a regular member of the party.
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The judge also stated that the court would also have heard the case if the plaintiff participated in the primary elections that produced Tinubu as the APC standard bearer, so the court will not be able to rule on the case.
The plaintiff makes a case
On the plaintiff’s side, Tinubu’s nomination and his candidacy, who are both of the same faith, does not represent the principle of inclusiveness in a country that has diverse religions and ethnicities.
He said that APC, Tinubu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – “have a constitutional duty to ensure that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not governed, nor does any person or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part of the same, except in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution”.
“The nomination of APC presidential and vice presidential candidates from people of the same religious faith is exclusive, divisive and capable of polarizing the country along religious lines and runs counter to the sacrosanct principles of social justice.”
Momoh asked the court for, among other things, an order to nullify APC and Tinubu’s candidacy from running in the presidential election on the grounds that Muslim-Muslim candidacy nomination is unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit and letters of Sections 14 , 15 and 224 of the 1999 Constitution.
“We have tried the Muslim-Christian ticket, let’s try this too,” Tinubu’s wife tells the Nigerians.
The wife of APC presidential standard-bearer Oluremi Tinubu urged Nigerians to try to support the ruling party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket after the failure of many Christian-Christian tickets.
Tinubu also urged Nigerians not to vote for her husband’s second term if he fails his first term as president if elected in the upcoming election.
The senator added that voting for the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket would be a point of reference when Christianity-Christian emerges in the future.