Nigeria’s Supreme Court dismissed a case to disqualify Tinubu and the Vice-President-elect Kashim Shettima as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the February general election.
The case, filed by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), argued that Shettima’s nomination as running mate to President-elect Bola Tinubu violated the Nigerian constitution. They claimed that Shettima’s simultaneous candidacy for vice president and the Borno central senatorial seat was against the law.
However, a five-member panel of the Supreme Court ruled that the case had no basis and pointed out evidence that Shettima had withdrawn his nomination for the senatorial seat.
The court also determined that the PDP had no authority to bring forward the lawsuit since it is not a member of the APC. As a result, the PDP was ordered to pay a fine of approximately $4,300 (£3,500) for interfering in the internal affairs of another party.
With this Supreme Court ruling, the issue has been resolved, paving the way for the inauguration of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima on May 29, following the completion of outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari’s two terms.
However, it’s important to note that other opposition parties have ongoing lawsuits challenging Tinubu’s election victory, with hearings scheduled to begin on May 30 at the election petitions tribunal, just a day after Tinubu’s inauguration.