Labour Party Reacts As PDP Drags Peter Obi To Court
The Labour Party has responded to a lawsuit seeking to disqualify its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, from the 2023 elections.
The People’s Democratic Party, Nigeria’s biggest opposition party, filed a lawsuit against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to prevent Obi and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, from selecting new running mates.
PDP also requested that the court order that Tinubu and Obi be barred from running for Presidential office until they do so with their previous running mates, Kabiru Masari and Doyin Okupe.
The PDP is seeking an order prohibiting the Independent National Electoral Commission from changing Tinubu and Obi’s running mates in the originating summons with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1016/2022. INEC, APC, Tinubu, Masari, Labour Party, Obi, and Okupe are the first to seventh respondents in the case.
The PDP requested the court to rule on whether Tinubu and Obi are bound by the submission of Masari and Okupe as their running mates under the combined interpretation of Section 142(1) of the constitution, Section 29(1), 31, and 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, and INEC’s timetable.
The Labour Party’s lawyer, Alex Ejesieme, confirmed the complaint, stating, “I have received the procedures and we are already submitting a response.