The Presidential Election Petition Court dismissed an attempt to discard the Allied Peoples Movement petition challenging the qualification of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress.
This followed a recent verdict by the Supreme Court, which ruled in a similar matter it filed before the PEPC
Counsel for Tinubu, Wole Olanipekun, SAN, informed the court on May 30 of the judgement, which, according to him, appears to have resolved the same issue the APM has brought before the court.
He had referenced the Supreme Court’s decision of Friday, May 26, that dismissed the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, which prayed the court to nullify the ticket that produced the president and his vice, Kassim Shettima, on grounds of double nomination.
Olanipekun sought to know if the decision of the Apex Court does not affect the case of the APM, which is also challenging the outcome of the election on the grounds of using a placeholder, Kabir Masari, for the elected vice-president, Kassim Shettima.
At the resumed hearing on the petition on Monday, counsel for APM, G.A. Ijiagbonya, informed the court that he still wants to go ahead with the case despite Olanikpekun’s reminder of the apex court’s judgement.
Ijiagbonya said he has received the Supreme Court judgement sought to be used to terminate APM’s petition.
He said that upon perusal of the judgement by the Supreme Court, he and his legal team insist on proceeding with the instant petition.