Tinubu, Shettima’s Qualification: PEPT Strikes Out APM Petition

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The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT), on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, struck out the petition filed by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) challenging the non-qualification of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima to contest the presidential election.

Chairman of the panel struck out the Election Tribunal, Justice Haruna Tsammani, while reading the judgement in the petition filed by APM, held that the double nomination issue was a pre-election matter thus, the PEPC had no jurisdiction over it.

Justice Tsammani also said that the APM lacked the locus standi to challenge the nomination of the candidates of another political party, stressing that the issue of qualification or non-qualification was a pre-election matter that ought to have been ventilated at the Federal High Court 14 days after the conduct of a primary election.

In the words of Justice Tsammani; “Disqualification of a candidate on the basis of double nomination is a pre-election matter. Allied Peoples Movement’s (APM) petition is an abuse of the court process, having ventilated the same issues before a Federal High Court. Their action is mala fide”.

The PEPT also held that the issue of double nomination had been decided upon by the Supreme Court and that the matter had become res judicata.

Accordingly, the petition of APM was struck out by the PEPT.

Meanwhile, Vice President Senator Kashim Shettima, the National Security Adviser to the President, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the Chief of Staff to the President, Hon. Femi Gbajabimila, and the National Chairman of the APC, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje were present at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, venue of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) for the judgment in the petitions challenging the election of President Tinubu.

Also physically present in Court were the governors of Bauchi, Yobe, Kogi, Ekiti, Imo, Nassarawa and Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo.

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