APC Delegates Drag Tinubu To Court- See Why

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Drag Tinubu To Court

and , two All Progressives Congress chieftains and delegates to the ruling party’s recently concluded national convention, have petitioned an Abuja-based Federal High Court to prevent the APC from appointing as Bola Tinubu’s running mate.

Remember that after winning the ruling party’s presidential primary, Tinubu reportedly submitted Masari’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a stand-in candidate.

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The following reliefs are demanded by the party’s chieftains who joined the APC, INEC, Tinubu, and Masari as defendants in the lawsuit identified as FHC/ABJ/CS/1059/2022 and dated July 4, 2022:

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Whether it is legal for the 4 Defendant, Masari, to withdraw as the vice-presidential candidate of the 1 Defendant, APC, and the running mate of the 3 Defendant, Bola Tinubu, so as to be substituted or replaced with another person by the 1 Defendant, APC as its candidate for the office of Vice President for purpose of the February 25, 2023, Presidency, given the combined effect of sections 142(1) and sections 29(1)

Whether the withdrawal of the 4th Defendant, MASARI, as the candidate for the office of Vice President does not automatically entail the withdrawal of the 3′′ Defendant, Tinubu, as the candidate for the office of President for the purposes of the 2023 General Elections, in light of the joint ticket provision in section 142(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

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Whether the 1′′ Defendant, APC, is permitted to submit the name of any other person to replace the name of the 4 Defendant, MASARI, as the candidate for the office of Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, without holding a new primary election to select a new presidential candidate, in light of the provisions of sections 29(1), 31 and 33 of the Electoral Act 2022.

Whether the 3 Defendant, Tinubu, can legitimately undertake or effect the nomination of any other person to replace the Masari, whether upon the withdrawal of the 4 Defendant, Masari or under any other circumstances, in light of the provisions of section 33 of the Electoral Act, 2022, after having nominated the 4 Defendant, Masari, in accordance with section 142(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

The plaintiffs argued that just as section 142(1) defines the joint-ticket for the presidential candidate and vice-presidential candidate, section 187(1) of the Constitution creates the governorship candidate and deputy governorship candidate.

They further argued that the same rules apply in both circumstances. They noted that in PDP v. DEGI EREMIENYO (2020) LPELR-49734(SC), pp. 8-16, it was decided that the joint ticket of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates was valid “In conclusion, the disqualification of the first respondent tainted the joint ticket of the first and second respondents that was sponsored by the third respondent. Both disqualified candidates are regarded as being disqualified from the Bayelsa State governorship election.”

If this lawsuit accurately reflects the law, it is thought that other parties than the APC will also be impacted.

Other political parties with similar agreements, like the Labour Party, which also uses Dr. as a stand-in, might be impacted.

That is the latest Naija News today on APC Delegates Drag Tinubu To Court 

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