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Again, Lawyer Drags Tinubu to Court, Seeks Disqualification over ‘Muslim-Muslim’ Ticket



Another battle front has been opened with a fresh attempt
An Abuja-based lawyer, Osigwe Momoh, has filed a fresh suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking to disqualify the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and its party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, for fielding Kashim Shettima, another Muslim as vice-president candidates in the coming 2023 presidential election.

Momoh on Monday filed the case, seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) from publishing the name of the APC presidential candidate in the forthcoming coming elections for violation of the Nigeria Constitution.

The lawyer, while seeking judicial intervention in the matter, which has been raising dust, since it was first revealed three weeks ago, in Daura, Katsina State, where President Muhammadu Buhari, hosted Tinubu during the Sallah, where the former Governor of Lagos State, broke the news, is claiming that the decision to pick the party’s presidential flagbearer and the running mate from the same religion (section) violates the principle and the spirit of the Nigeria Constitution.

In the originating summons, Osigwe argued that political parties must by virtue of Chapter Two of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), have their presidential and vice-presidential candidates from different sectional (tribal and religious) groups of the nation.
He, therefore, sought a declaration that “By virtue of Sections 14 -1,3, and 15 and 224(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the defendants are bound by the principles of Chapter II of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and having the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the same religion is unconstitutional, null and void.”

Osigwe, a human rights activist, requested the court to restrain INEC from publishing the candidate of the APC as a presidential candidate for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.
The suit filed by the lawyer is the latest in the series of mixed reactions trailing the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as the APC vice-presidential candidate.
Shettima, a two-term governor of Borno State, is the lawmaker representing Borno Central senatorial district in the National Assembly.

He was unveiled on Wednesday last week as Tinubu’s running mate at an event held in Abuja where the APC flagbearer advised Nigerians to look beyond religion and ethnicity and focus on building a prosperous nation.

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