A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday dismissed a suit instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to disqualify All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi over alleged unlawful substitution of their running mates.
The PDP averred that the Electoral Act 2022 did not make provision for a “place holder” or temporary running mate.
The party also asked the court to determine if “by the combined interpretation of Section 142(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sections 29(1), 31, 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, the first defendant (INEC) can validly accept any change or substitution of the 4th (Masari) and 7th (Okupe) defendants as running mates of the 3rd (APC) and 6th (Labour Party) defendants”.
Those listed as first to seventh respondents in the case are INEC, APC, Tinubu, Masari, Labour Party, Obi and Okupe.
All the respondents in the suit challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.
He, however, said the suit lacks merit, and it is an “abuse of court process”.
Consequently, the matter was dismissed.