The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), on Wednesday, dismissed the petition by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) for lacking in merit
The PEPC in a judgment, held that the petitoner failed to prove its sole ground of the petition to the effect that President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettma were not qualified to have contested the last presidential election on the grounds that Shettima allegedly had double nominations.
The court, in a lead judgment by the Chairman, Justice Haruna Tsammani, held that the issue about whether or not Shettma had double nomination had been effectively resolved by the Supreme Court in an earlier judgment in the case brother ght against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It held that there was no evidence that Shettima had double nomination as there were evidence that he effectively resigned his earlier nomination as the APC’s candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District before accepting to be nominated as the party’s vice presidential candidate.
The court further held that while the Constitution allows a presidential candidate to choose whoever he/she likes as a running made, fresh primary election was not required where a vice presidential candidate withdraws his candidacy as was the case by Kabir Masari.