The Labour Party’s Mr. Peter Obi was not barred from running in the 2023 presidential election by the Federal High Court, which was in Abuja on Monday.
In a judgement delivered by Justice Donatus Okorowo, the court similarly declined to declare Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress, APC’s presidential flag bearer, unable to run for president.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) lawsuit against the two presidential candidates was found to be without merit and should be dismissed, the court said.
Both Obi and Tinubu were charged with violating the Electoral Act in a court filing by the PDP.
It informed the court that, in violation of election law rules, both Obi and Tinubu neglected to designate their running mates in a timely manner and instead chose to temporarily transfer their Vice Presidential tickets to stand-ins.
The PDP informed the court that while Dr. Doyin Okupe was chosen as a stand-in for the Labour Party’s candidate, Obi, the APC candidate, Tinubu, submitted the name of Alhaji Kabiru Masari as his own stand-in.
Plaintiff, in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1016/2022, contended that the Electoral Act, 2022, did not make provision for a “place holder” or temporary running mate.
It argued that the subsequent resignation, withdrawal or substitution of Okupe and Masari, by both the LP and the APC, were illegal and unconstitutional.