An Abuja-based legal practitioner , Osigwe Momoh has dragged the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to a Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged fielding of presidential and vice-president candidates of the party from the same religion.
The lawyer in the suit, seeks an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) from publishing the name of APC presidential candidate in the forthcoming coming elections for violation of the Nigeria Constitution.
In the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/1188/2022 the plaintiff/ applicant claimed that the decision to pick the party presidential flag bearer and the running mate from the same religion (section) violates the principle and the spirit of the Nigeria Constitution.
The plaintiff, (Osigwe Momoh) in the originating summons argued that Political Parties must by virtue of chapter two of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), have their presidential and vice presidential candidate from different sectional, (tribal and religious groups) of the nation.
He therefore seeks a declaration that
“by virtue of Sections 14 (1) & (3), 15 and 224(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the defendants are bound by the principles of Chapter II of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, (as amended) and having the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the same religion is unconstitutional and null and void.
” That all Political Parties must by virtue of chapter two of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, (as amended), have their presidential and vice presidential candidate from different sectional (tribal and religious groups) of the nation.
” An order nullifying the candidacy of APC, Tinubu (1st And 2nd) defendants , same being unconstitutional and against the spirit and letters of Sections 14 (1) & (3), 15 and 224 (a) of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ”
The human rights activist requested the Court to restrain the 3rd defendant (INEC) from publishing the candidate of the 1st defendant (APC) as a presidential candidate for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Defendants in the suit are, the All progressives party (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu and INEC as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectfully.
Meanwhile, no date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.
The muslim-muslim ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress has continued to generate a lot of arguments on the secular nature of Nigeria.