A Federal High Court in Abuja has on Wednesday struck out a case filed by the Action Peoples Party (APP)seeking to nullify the candidature of Bola Tinubu as 2023 presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bayo Onanuga,Director of Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the suit FHC/UM/CS/124/2022 was filed by the APP and others against the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) as the first defendant.

“It had Bola Tinubu as second defendant and the APC as third defendant.

“The plaintiffs had prayed the court to ask INEC, the first defendant to invalidate the nomination of Tinubu, the second defendant who is the presidential candidate of the third defendant.

“The plaintiffs canvassed that the 2nd defendant had allegedly submitted to the 1st defendant false information in his form EC9.

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“When he failed to include his primary and secondary education as contained in his form CF001 of 1999 submitted for gubernatorial election pursuant to section 29 of the Electoral Act 2022 and 131 of the 1999 Constitution,” Onanuga said.

He added that counsel to the third defendant, Babatunde Ogala however, filed a notice of preliminary objection on the grounds that the suit was statute-barred, disclosed no cause of action, and that the plaintiff had no locus.

Onanuga said Ogala argued that it was frivolous and a waste of the time of the judiciary.

“When the matter came up for determination before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday, Nov. 21, the plaintiff did not make any appearance in court.

“Justice Nwite subsequently struck out the case for lack of diligent prosecution,” the APC PCC Director of Media and Publicity said.

Tinubu given rousing reception at Abakaliki

Meanwhile, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has arrived Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State to a rousing reception.

Tinubu, who arrived moments ago was received by Ebonyi state Governor David Umahi, members of the State Executive Council, State and National Assembly members, traditional rulers, stakeholders of the party, and crowd of party faithfuls and supporters of the state.

The APC presidential flag bearer immediately commissioned the new Government House dualists road built by the Umahi administration.

Tinubu hailed Umahi for the laudable achievements he has recorded despite the lean resources of the State.

He said the people of the State are known for their determination, courage and independence of mind which enable them to achieve great feats wherever they find themselves.

 



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