The Supreme Court of Nigeria has made a decision regarding the double nomination of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The court has dismissed the suit seeking their disqualification, stating that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lacked the locus standi to institute the suit.
A five-member panel of the Supreme Court held on Friday that the PDP is not a member of the APC and therefore cannot claim to have the right to challenge the nomination of the APC’s candidates. The PDP had argued that Shettima’s nomination as Tinubu’s running mate was in breach of the provisions of sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1)(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022.
The opposition party had claimed that Shettima’s nomination to contest the position of vice-president and Borno central senatorial seat at the same time contravened the law. However, the Supreme Court’s decision has put an end to the controversy surrounding the APC’s nomination of Tinubu and Shettima.