Court refuses to order INEC to strike out Tinubu’s name

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday refused to issue a mandamus order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the name of the All Progressives Congress, APC, flag-bearer, Bola Tinubu, from the list of qualified candidates for the upcoming presidential election.

The court dismissed the suit, which accused the APC of failing to comply with mandatory provisions of Section 90 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2022, in nominating Tinubu as its presidential candidate, in a judgment delivered by Justice Binta Nyako.

The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1960/2022, was brought before the court by a non-governmental organization under the aegis of the Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International.

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Justice Nyako held that the plaintiff, not being a registered political party in the country, lacked the locus-standi (legal right) to institute the action.

The court noted that the plaintiff had earlier filed a similar suit that was dismissed for want of merit.

Though the court accused the plaintiff of engaging in an abuse of the judicial process through multiplicity of actions, it however commended its lawyer, Mr. Jideobi Johnmary for his erudition.

According to the court, since the plaintiff had no right to file the action, there was no need to consider any of the issues it raised against Tinubu.

 

 

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