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Politics Updated: August 19, 2022

2023: Date Fixed For Suit Seeking Tinubu’s Disqualification

By Zaccheus Ukhueleigbe
August 19, 2022
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A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed October 12 to hear the suit seeking to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu from running in the 2023 presidential election.

The date was set by Justice Obiora Egwuatu so that the parties to the lawsuit could finish filing their legal documents and exchanging them as required by law.

At the resumed hearing, Ukpai Ukairo, the attorney for Action Alliance, the party that filed the lawsuit, informed the court that he had just received Tinubu’s notice of preliminary objection, in which the politician requested that the case against him not be heard on a number of grounds.

Tinubu claimed in his preliminary objection that the basis for the certificate forgery suit against him is based on the 1999 electoral forms he submitted to the then-electoral body and the report of the Lagos State House of Assembly, both of which have since become statute-barred.

Counsel for the Action Alliance, however, informed the court that the former Lagos State Governor’s claims, particularly the statute barred position, would be adequately addressed in subsequent proceedings.

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The APC was not represented in court while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the first defendant in the lawsuit, asked for more time to respond.

Justice Egwuatu, the presiding Judge After hearing from the parties, the court adjourned the case to October 12 to allow the parties to regularize their processes in order for the suit to be heard properly.

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Zaccheus Ukhueleigbe

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