In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court has given its judicial seal of approval for the inauguration of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima. On Friday, the Court dismissed a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking the disqualification of the duo from the 2023 presidential election.
The Apex Court held that the PDP’s suit lacked merit and promptly dismissed it. Justice Adamu Jauro, who delivered the lead judgment, imposed a fine of N2 million on the PDP for interfering in the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) concerning its primary elections and nomination of candidates.
Justice Jauro concurred with the arguments put forth by Tinubu’s lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, that the PDP had acted as a busybody and meddlesome interloper in unjustly meddling in the affairs of the APC. The Supreme Court ruled that not only did the PDP lack the necessary jurisdiction to institute the suit, but it also failed to provide any evidence to support its claims of double nomination against Shettima.
The Court denounced the PDP’s allegations of double nomination against the Vice President-elect as unfounded and deliberate mischief intended to mislead both the Court and the nation. Additionally, the Supreme Court agreed with Fagbemi’s assertion that regardless of the PDP’s grievances over how the APC conducted its primary elections and nominated its candidates, the PDP must remain a mere onlooker.
With the Supreme Court’s ruling, the path has been cleared for the smooth inauguration of President-elect Tinubu and Vice President-elect Shettima. The decision signifies a victory for the APC and sets the stage for the new administration to assume office and begin their mandate.