The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) sitting in Abuja has dismissed the Allied Peoples Movement, APM petition against President Bola Tinubu and his vice president, Senator Kashim Shettima.
Chairman of the panel, Justice Haruna Tsammani, who read the ruling, dismissed and described APM’s case filed to nullify Tinubu’s election as “incompetent”.
PEPC held that issues the APM raised in its petition contained pre-election matters that could only be determined by the Federal High Court.
He noted that since the petition centered on the qualification or otherwise of President Tinubu to contest the presidential election that held on February 25, the APM, ought to have gone to court within 14 days after Tinubu was nominated by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He held that since the cause of action bordered on a pre-election matter, the APM, lacked the locus standi to challenge Tinubu’s nomination.”
Justice Tsammani stated that, “It is clear that the claim of qualification it non qualification of the the 3rd Respondent (Tinubu) centered on alleged invalid nomination of the 4th Respondent (Shettima). It is a pre-election matter.”