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The Tribunal’s Reasons for Upholding Shettima’s Nomination

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On Wednesday, the Presidential Election claim Tribunal dismissed the APM’s claim.

Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, the presiding judge, ruled that the case lacked merit and competence to be considered in response to objections raised by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shetima, and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Tsammani argued, among other things, that the petition should have been brought to a Federal High Court rather than a Tribunal because the disqualification issue upon which it was based was a pre-election affair.

As this was a case that arose prior to the election, the Tribunal ruled that it lacked the authority to rule on the disqualification of Tinubu, Shetima, and the APC.

He also ruled that the petition was time-barred since it was submitted too late.

He also ruled that the APM didn’t have standing to file the suit because its presidential candidate, who ran for president alongside Tinubu, wasn’t included in the filing.

Shetima was nominated twice, once for a Senate seat in Borno and again as Tinubu’s running partner, and this was the source of APM’s displeasure.

For allegedly violating articles 131 and 137 of the 1999 Constitution, the petition asked the Tribunal to dismiss Tinubu and Shetima for their roles in the departure of one Kabiru Masari as Tinubu’s running mate and the appointment of another candidate by Shetima.

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