The Supreme Court has scheduled May 26 for the judgment on the issue of vice president-elect Kashim Shettima’s alleged double nomination, which was raised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the verdict, set just three days before the presidential inauguration, holds the key to determining whether Mr. Shettima will assume office as the vice president or if his candidacy will be invalidated.
If the allegations are upheld, the disqualification of Mr. Shettima could potentially disrupt the swearing-in of Bola Tinubu as the president, as the two ran on a joint ticket.
During the court proceedings, senior lawyer Joe Agim highlighted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had previously acknowledged Mr. Shettima’s double nomination at the appellate court, despite the APC’s denial of the allegations.
Drawing upon the case of Uche Nwosu versus ADP as a precedent, Mr. Agim strongly argued that the respondents in the case were not entitled to present their arguments or even be heard, given the seriousness of the offence of double nomination.
“There are consequences for double nomination. They should not be given a platform to speak,” Mr. Agim asserted before the highest court on Monday.
“This should never happen in our country.”