Court dismisses suit against Bola Tinubu’s candidacy

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a case that sought to overturn the nomination of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It was the fourth time the courts had thrown out such a lawsuit in weeks.

Justice Fadima Aminu Muritala called Elder Ngozika Ihuoma a “meddlesome interloper having no locus standi to bring the suit” in the most recent case, suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/854/2022.

After APC’s attorney, Julius Ishola Esq. from Babatunde Ogala & Co, urged the court to dismiss the lawsuit with substantial costs for wasting judicial time, the judge ruled in favour of the defendants and dismissed the case for being speculative.

After Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor won the APC presidential primary election on June 9, 2022, Ihuoma took him and five others to court.

Among the six reliefs he requested was that INEC disqualifies Tinubu from running for president in 2023.

The law firm of Babatunde Ogala (SAN) & Co., representing the All Progressives Congress, filed a counter affidavit and a Notice of Preliminary Objection in response to the Originating Summons and Complaint.

It was alleged in the counter affidavit that Ihuoma lacked the necessary standing to bring this suit.

It argued that the case should be dismissed because it involved a political party’s internal operations and was hypothetical, preemptive, and non-justiciable.

Ihuoma’s case was skewered in the counter affidavit for being academic and theoretical, as well as an abuse of the court system.

On Monday, the court agreed with the defence attorney’s motion to dismiss the case.

Several cases filed against Asiwaju Tinubu by opposition groups, such as Action Alliance, have been dismissed by the courts recently because they were baseless, lacked merit, and misused the judicial system.

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