A lawsuit seeking the dismissal of the All Progressives Congress and its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, due to the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket was denied by Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday.
The judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by Abuja-based attorney Osigwe Momoh on the grounds that the plaintiff lacked locus standi.
As a non-APC member who did not take part in the selection of Kashim Shettima as Tinubu’s running partner, Justice Mohammed ruled that the lawyer was not authorized to question the candidates over their nominations.
The lawyer had in the suit prayed the court for an order stopping the APC and Tinubu from participating in the presidential election because the Muslim-Muslim ticket is against the provisions of Sections 14, 15 and 224 of the 1999 Constitution.
He asked the court for an order of perpetual injunction to the Independent National Electoral Commission from publishing the name of APC and its presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
However, in his judgment, Justice Mohammed disagreed with the plaintiff on the legal right to institute the case and subsequently dismissed it.
Justice Mohammed, while upholding the preliminary objection of the APC and Tinubu, however, did not award any cost against the plaintiff.