On Friday, the supreme court paved the way for the president-elect, asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the ruling all progressives congress, APC, to swear in on Monday, May 29.
The apex court dismissed Tinubu’s eligibility to run for president of the united states on February 25 after a five-member jury voted unanimously on merit. The opposition People’s democratic party, PDP, appealed the decision, citing a lack of merit.
The appeal, marked SC/CV/501/2023, was dismissed in bad faith, arguing that the PDP, whose candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, came second in the presidential election, was bereft of the locus standing (legal right) to challenge a nomination made by another political party.
PDP had requested the court to annul Tinubu’s candidature, arguing that senator kashim shettima, the vice president-elect, had allowed himself to run for more than one constituency before the 2023 general elections.
PDP maintained that Shettima’s dual nomination was in gross violation of provisions of Sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, 2022, as amended.