The Supreme Court has given a judicial seal of approval for the inauguration of President elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President elect Kashim Shettima with the dismissal of a suit by the People’s Democratic Party PDP, seeking their disqualification from the 2023 presidential election.
The Apex Court on Friday held that the PDP’S suit praying for the disqualification of Tinubu and Shetima on the ground of alleged double nomination of Shetima was grossly lacking in merit and dismissed it.
Justice Adamu Jauro who delivered the lead judgment slammed a fine of N2M on PDP for interferring in the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress in the conduct of its primary elections and nomination of its candidates.
The Justices agreed with Tinubu’s lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN that PDP acted as a busy body and meddlesome interloper in the ways and manners it dabbled into APC’S affairs unjustifiably.
The Apex Court held that apart from the fact that PDP lacked requisite jurisdiction to institute the suit, the party also failed to provide any scintilla of evidence that Shetima was involved in double nomination.
The claim of PDP’ on the alleged double nomination of the Vice President-elect was described as most unfortunate and a clear deliberate mischief to mislead the Court and the country.
The Supreme Court also agreed with Fagbemi that no matter the pains of PDP on how APC conducted it’s primary election and nominated its candidates, PDP must remain an onlooker.
“It is abundantly clear that the Appellant (PDP) in the totality of its position in the instant case, is peeping and poke-nosing into the affairs of another party as a busy body and meddlesome interloper”
The Court held that the action of PDP was painful because it used the social media to set a booby trap for the Supreme Court to blackmail it.