…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
Bashir Ahmad, the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital Communications, has responded to the Supreme Court’s verdict on the lawsuit seeking to disqualify Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The lawsuit was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Shettima, alleging double nomination of the party’s Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima.
The PDP claimed that Shettima’s nomination as Tinubu’s running mate violated several provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022, including sections 29(1), 33, 35, and 84(1)(2).
The opposition party argued that Shettima’s simultaneous nominations for the position of vice-president and Borno central senatorial seat were in contravention of the law.
However, the five-member panel of the Supreme Court, in its ruling on Friday, stated that the PDP did not have the right to initiate the lawsuit and subsequently dismissed the challenge.
In response to the court’s decision, Bashir Ahmad took to his Twitter account to express his thoughts.
He highlighted that with the Supreme Court’s ruling, it is now time to shift focus towards the May 29th inauguration and subsequent governance.
He wrote, “The Supreme Court has dismissed the suit seeking the disqualification of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Time to focus fully on May 29th and governance afterwards.”