The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Nigeria has struck out the petition by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
In a judgement, the PEPC upheld preliminary objections brought by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Bola Tinubu, Kashim Shettima, and Kabir Masari to the petition’s competence.
The subject of nomination, which is a pre-election affair, is outside the purview of the court’s authority as an election tribunal, according to Justice Haruna Tsammani, who read the lead ruling.
He ruled that the matter should have been brought to the Federal High Court.
Justice Tsammani further ruled that the petitioner lacked locus standi to file the lawsuit since the statute prohibited a political party from questioning the method used by another political party in nominating its candidate.
He further asserted that Masari, who was selected by the APC as a placeholder for the office of Vice President, was not a necessary party to the petition because he was neither a candidate nor a winner of the election.
He is currently deliberating on the merits of the petition.
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