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Supreme Court dismisses Nwajiuba’s suit challenging Tinubu’s candidacy

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed an appeal by former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, challenging the candidacy of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, in the February 25 presidential election. A five-member panel of the apex court, led by Justice John Okoro, noted that the case was statute barred and that it has become an academic exercise. The court, however, dismissed the appeal after the appellants counsel, John Awa Kalu, applied to withdraw it. Delivering judgement, Justice Okoro said: “Upon the application for withdrawal by the appellant’s counsel and without any objection from the respondent’s counsel, the appeal is dismissed.” Nwajiuba had, in his suit before the Federal High Court, sought among others the voiding of Tinubu’s candidacy on the grounds that he and his part, the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly failed to disclose the source of the N100 million he paid for the nomination and expression of interest forms, relying on the provision of section 84(13) of the Electoral Act 2022. In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1114/2022, Nwajiuba prayed the court, among others, to declare him as the presidential candidate of the APC on the grounds that he was the only aspirant who disclosed the source of the N100m he paid to toe the party for his nomination and expression of interest forms. Listed as defendants in the suit are Tinubu, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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