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Court reserves judgement in APM’s petition against Tinubu

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The Presidential Election Petition Court on Friday reserved judement in the petition of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) challenging the conduct of the 25th February election wherein Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was elected president.

The party is seeking the disqualification of Tinubu on the grounds of unlawful nomination of the Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima.

Respondents in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Party, Tinubu, his vice, Shettima and the purported placeholder, Alhaji Ibrahim Masari.

At the resumed proceedings in the petition on Friday, the court reserved its verdict and adjourned the matter for judgement after the parties adopted their final addresses seeking various requests.

Through its counsel, Andrew Malgwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), APM asked the court to invoke relevant law to invalidate the nomination of Tinubu and his vice, Shettima.

However, the first respondent, INEC prayed the court to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit.

On the part of the APC, counsel for the party, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) asked the court to dismiss the petition on all grounds for being frivolous.

He contended that the petition died on arrival under the Supreme Court judgement which affirmed that other political parties lack the right to meddle in the internal affairs of another or how it nominates its candidates for elective offices.

Similarly, counsel the president and his vice, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) argued that the APM’S petition ought not to have been filed in the first instance and demanded its outright dismissal.

The learned silk maintained that the petitioner ought to have withdrawn the case honourably after the Supreme Court delivered judgement in a similar case brought before it by the Peoples Democratic Party against the same defendants.

Presiding Justice of the Court, Justice Haruna Tsammani thereafter adjourned the judgement indefinitely to communicate the date once the judgement is ready.

APM is praying the court to nullify the election of Tinubu on the ground that his running mate, Shettima unlawfully allowed himself to be nominated twice for the two different constituencies.

The party is challenging the election on the premise that Shettima and the APC breached the Electoral Act by engaging in an alleged double nomination.

Shettima had been nominated by the APC as the candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District and was later nominated by the same party as the Vice Presidential candidate following the withdrawal of one Kabiru Masari who was the initial Vice Presidential candidate to Tinubu.

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