Court fails to sack Abiola as presidential candidate

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed a suit filed by an aspirant, Patience Key, to challenge the emergence of Mr Kola Abiola as the People’s Redemption Party’s presidential candidate.Information Guide Nigeria

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Justice Ahmed Mohammed ruled in a judgment that the suit was time-barred, and so the court lacked the authority to hear it.

According to Section 285(9) of the 1999 Constitution, the lawsuit should have been filed within fourteen days of the date of the occurrence of the cause of action, as stated by Justice Mohammed, who deemed the case a pre-election matter.

The judgment agreed with the defendants that despite the fact that the PRP presidential election took place on June 5, the plaintiff should have filed the lawsuit no later than June 19.

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Mohammed ruled that even though the candidate raised weighty allegations against the conduct of the election, which she claimed was marred by irregularities, vote buying, non-compliance with Section 84 of the Electoral Act, and gross violations of the party’s guidelines for the conduct of primaries, these could not take precedence over the failure to file the case within the time limit prescribed by law.NYSC portal

In light of the statute’s preclusion, the judge dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction.

According to NAN, on June 28, the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the People’s Republican Party, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and Abiola.

In her prior summons marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1001/2022, Key had disputed, among other things, Abiola’s nomination as the party’s presidential candidate.

She had petitioned the court to invalidate, among other things, the election that produced Abiola as the PRP’s presidential candidate.JAMB portal

In a phone interview with NAN shortly after the case, Key stated that she was not astonished by the verdict, despite the fact that she had not anticipated it.

Benjamin Ogar, counsel for the PRP, stated in a separate statement that he was happy with the verdict.

Ogar stated that the judge had simply restated a well-established legal concept that will endure.JAMB Result

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