A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a suit filed by the People’s Democratic Party against the Independent National Electoral Commission, All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, Kabiru Masari, Labor Party, Peter Obi, and Doyin Okupe.
Justice Donatus Okorowo, in a judgment, held that the suit was unknown to law and hence, described it as “an abuse of court process.”
Okorowo, who said the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter, also held that the suit did not disclose any reasonable cause of action against the respondents.
“When a court finds out that a suit is an abuse of court process, the court has the right to dismiss it,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the PDP had, in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1016/2022 sued all the eight respondents mentioned in paragraph 1 respectively.
The PDP had asked the court to compel INEC to prevent Tinubu and Obi from replacing their running mates and to declare them disqualified unless they contest alongside their previous running mates – Masari and Okupe; who were later substituted by Sen. Kashim Shettima and Sen. Datti Baba-Ahmed respectively, while Masari and Okupe resigned.
NAN reports, PDP maintained that Tinubu had nominated Masari as a placeholder in order to beat the June 17 INEC deadline.
Also, that Obi had nominated his campaign manager, Doyin Okupe, as a temporary running mate. However, INEC gave a grace period of about one month to substitute their names.