A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday shifted till August 12, a suit instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the propriety of the substitution of the running mates for the All Progress Congress (APC) and Labour Party.
The running mates whose substitution is being challenged by PDP are Kabiru Masari and Doyin Okupe for APC and Labour Party respectively.
In the suit filed by Gordy Uche SAN, on behalf of PDP, the party is claiming that the Electoral Act 2022 did not make provision for a “place holder” or temporary running mate and that time for resignation, withdrawal or substitution of presidential candidates.
PDP is also contending that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate and Peter Obi, Labour Party’s presidential candidates can only qualify to contest the 2023 presidential election with Masari and Okupe, as their respective running mates.
The plaintiff further claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, lacked the power to accept any withdrawal or substitution of Masari and Okupe without APC and Labour Party conducting fresh primaries to substitute Tinubu and Peter Obi.
PDP averred that Masari and Okupe are not products of any primary election and as such were not validly nominated by APC and Labour Party.
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