A five-member panel of the supreme court has dismissed the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to void the joint ticket of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettma as presidential and vice presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last election.
The Apex court held on Friday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lacked the locus standi to institute the suit.
The PDP had claimed that Shettma violated the Electoral Act by allowing himself to be nominatited twice for two different offices – Borno Central Senatorial district and Vice President.
The panel said the PDP is not a member of the APC.
The PDP had claimed that Shettima’s nomination as Tinubu’s running mate was in breach of the provisions of sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1)(2) of the Electoral Act.
The party alleged that Shettima was still the APC’s candidate for Borno central senatorial district on July 14 when he accepted the nomination for vice-presidential candidate.
However, the respondents said Shettima’s senatorial nomination was dropped on July 6, 2022.
The respondents said the suit was statute barred, having been filed 15 days after the cause of action instead of 14 days as required by law.
They also averred that the issue being contested is an internal party affair and that the appellants lacked locus standi to institute the suit.
But the appellants insisted that section 284(14)(c) of the constitution gives them the right to institute the suit as it is not an internal party affair, rather, a breach of the Electoral Act.
In its judgment, the apex court held that section 284(14)(c) of the constitution does not extend to a party poking into the affairs of another party no matter how pained and disgruntled it may be.
“The position of the law has always been that no political party can challenge the nomination of a candidate of another political party,” Adamu Jauro, who read the lead judgment, said.