Court Fixes Oct 6 To Hear Suit Seeking To Disqualify Tinubu, Atiku

A Federal High Court is expected to hear a suit seeking to disqualify the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential contender, Atiku Abubakar.

On Friday, Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed October 6, 2022 as the date for the suit seeking to disqualify Atiku and Tinubu for allegedly violating the Electoral Act, 2022.

The suit was filed by former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, and a non-governmental organisation called the Incorporated Trustees of Rights for All International.

Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered that all relevant court proceedings and hearing notices be served on all defendants in the case.

Recall that Nwajiuba contested for the presidential ticket of the APC which was eventually clinched by Tinubu.

In the suit, filed through their lawyer, Okere Nnamdi, the former minister and the organisation claimed that the APC presidential primary that produced Tinubu was tainted by corruption and significant vote-buying.

According to Nwajiuba, the majority of the delegates in the ruling party’s primary election were bought over with dollars.

In an effort to bolster his case against Tinubu, the former presidential aspirant attached a video clip of former Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi lamenting that delegates at the APC primary sold their votes.

Nwajiuba and the organisation named in the suit also questioned Tinubu’s source of income and educational credentials.

They urged the court to declare that Tinubu, “who had previously sworn an affidavit in the INEC nomination form declaring that he lost his primary and secondary school documents and benefitted therefrom, cannot in a later affidavit deny and abandon same facts deposed in the previous affidavit and thus falsely contradicting his academic qualifications.”

Ada Peter
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