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Tinubu’s inauguration: Supreme Court throws out PDP suit against Asiwaju, Shettima

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The Supreme Court has given an express approval to the inauguration of President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima.

The Court on Friday struck out the suit brought before it by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking their disqualification from the 2023 presidential election.

The Court in its ruling says that the PDP’s suit praying disqualification of Tinubu and Shettima was grossly lacking in merit, hence the reason for the dismissal.

Delivering the lead judgment, Justice Adamu Jauro slammed a fine of N2 million on PDP for delving into the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the conduct of its primary elections and nomination of its candidates.

Justice Jauro agreed with Tinubu’s lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, that PDP acted as busy body and meddlesome interloper in the ways and manners it dabbled into APC’s affairs unjustly.

The Apex Court held that apart from the fact that PDP lacked requisite jurisdiction to institute the suit, the party also failed to provide scintilla of evidence that Shetima engaged in double nomination.

The claim of PDP on the alleged double nomination of the Vice President-elect was described as most unfortunate and a deliberate mischief and an attempt to mislead the Court and the country.

The Supreme Court also agreed with Fagbemi that no matter the pains of PDP on how APC conducted its primary election and nominated its candidates, PDP must remain onlooker.

“It is abundantly clear that the Appellant (PDP) in the totality of its position in the instant case, is peeping and poke nosing into the affairs of another party as a busy body and meddlesome interloper,” he said.

The Court faulted the action of the PDP, saying it was painful because the social media was used to set a trap for the Supreme Court to blackmail it.

It termed the suit as most unfortunate, unwarranted and uncalled for.

 

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