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Court Dismisses Suit Challenging APC Muslim-Muslim Ticket

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by a lawyer, Osigwe Momoh, seeking to challenge the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket for the February 25 election.

In a judgment yesterday, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to have approached the court on the matter to request for the disqualification of the party candidate to participate in the next month election

Justice Mohammed held that by failing to show that he is a member of the APC or that he participated in the primary election that produced Asiwaju Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, as the party’s candidates, the plaintiff lacked the legal capacity to query their nomination.

The judge, who upheld the preliminary objection filed by the APC and Asiwaju Tinubu, held that the lack of locus standi on the part of the plaintiff robbed the court of the jurisdiction to hear the suit.

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Momoh had stated, in a supporting affidavit, that the APC has a duty, in nominating a joint ticket for the presidential and vice presidential candidate, owes a constitutional duty to uphold the principles of social justice, equity, national cohesion and unity of Nigeria.

He averred that the nomination of Muslims as the presidential and vice presidential candidates in a country with diverse religious inclinations was against the spirit of national cohesion, integration and unity.

Momoh said the defendants, APC, Tinubu and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, are under a constitutional duty to ensure that the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any persons or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof except in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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