A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit by an Abuja-based lawyer, Osigwe Momoh, seeking to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over the party’s choice of a same-faith ticket for the February 25 election.
In a judgment on Wednesday, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, held the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to have approached the court on the issue.
Justice Mohammed noted having not shown that he is a member of the APC or he participated in the primary election that produced Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shetima as the party’s candidates, the plaintiff lacked the legal capacity to query their nomination.
The plaintiff claimed that the APC was prevented by law to take actions capable of undermining social justice, equity and unity, and as such not qualified to present candidates of the same faith.
Momoh added the defendants – APC, Tinubu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) –“are under a constitutional duty to ensure that the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any persons or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof except in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
“The nomination of Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate of the APC being persons of the same religious faith is exclusionary, divisive and capable of polarizing the country along religious lines and it runs counter to the sacrosanct principles of social justice.”