August 9, 2022

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Tinubu and Atiku’s Disqualification: Court Makes Decision

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Tinubu and Atiku’s Disqualification: Court Makes Decision

On Tuesday, a Federal High Court in Abuja declined to allow a motion that sought to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject Bola Tinubu as the APC’s presidential candidate (APC).

The court also rejected the request that INEC not recognize Atiku Abubakar as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the election that will take place the following year.

In a judgement, Justice Inyang Ekwo commanded the plaintiffs, Northern Nigerian Youth Democrats (NNYD) and Incorporated Trustees of Rights for All International (RAI), to notify all defendants.

Kingdom Okere, the plaintiffs’ attorney, filed an ex-parte motion designated FHC/ABJ/CS/942/2022 on June 22. Justice Ekwo rejected pleas one, two, and three in that move, but allowed prayers four, five, and six.

The court case was continued until July 14 for additional discussion after the judge further instructed the attorney to serve the defendants with court papers within seven days after the order.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), RAI and NNYD submitted an application asking for six orders through a lawyer.

The APC, PDP, Tinubu, Atiku, Nyesom Wike, Bukola Saraki, Anyim Pius Anyim, Bala Mohammed, Udom Emmanuel, Terella Diana, Dele Momodu, Ayo Fayose, Charles Ugwu, and Chikwendu Kalu are listed as defendants in the application as the first through the fourteenth defendants, respectively.

Others are Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Yahaya Bello, Ogbonnaya Onu, Chief Ikeobasi Mokelu, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Sam Ohuabunwa, Chukwuemeka Nwajuba, Chief Ikeobasi Mokelu, Ahmad Yerima, Rochas Okorocha, Tein Jack-Rich, David Umahi, Dr. Ahmad Lawal,

“An order restraining, prohibiting and barring the 29th defendant (INEC) from accepting the nomination of the third and fourth defendants (Tinubu and Atiku) as the presidential candidates of the first and second defendants (APC and PDP) for the 2023 presidential election pending the hearing of the motion on notice or as may be otherwise directed by the Hon. Court” was one of the orders the court declined to issue.

“An order instructing the parties to this lawsuit to maintain the status quo that was in place prior to the ongoing lawsuit”

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