The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to seek the disqualification of the Presidential Candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; and Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, from contesting the 2023 presidential election.
In the originating summons, with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1016/2022, the Peoples Democratic Party is seeking an order barring the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from replacing the running mates of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
The PDP wants the court to stop the two candidates from naming Senator Kashim Shettima and Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, respectively as their running mates. The party further urged the court to disqualify Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi unless they contest alongside Kabiru Masari and Doyin Okupe respectively.
Those listed as first to seventh respondents in the case are INEC, All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, Labour Party, Peter Obi, Kabiru Masari and Doyin Okupe.
The PDP prayed 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 (the Independent National Electoral Commission 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.”
The party also asked the court to determine if by the combined interpretation of Section 142(1) of the constitution, Section 29(1), 31 and 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, and INEC’s timetable, the APC and LP’s presidential candidates are bound by the submission of Masari and Okupe, respectively as their running mates.
The party asked the court to rule that both Tinubu and Obi will be disqualified the moment they substitute the names of their running mates.