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Despite S’court ruling over a double nomination suit by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), the party has come out to say it will continue with its petition challenging the election of Bola Tinubu as Nigeria’s president.

The APM’s candidate, Chichi Ojei, scored 25,961 votes during the February 25 presidential election.

The party argued that Tinubu was not properly sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC) since his nomination of Kashim Shettima as his vice-presidential candidate for the election.

Wole Olanipekun, counsel to Tinubu and Shettima, was on May 30, informed the tribunal that the supreme court judgment dismissing an appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also affects the petition filed by the APM.

It was gathered that the PDP’s case against the APC presidential candidates was on the grounds of double nomination, where the opposition had claimed that Shettima was still the APC candidate for Borno central senatorial district on July 14 when he accepted the nomination for vice-presidential candidate.

Meanwhile, in a judgment delivered on May 26, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

A five-member panel of the apex court held that PDP does not belong to the APC, hence lacked the locus standi to institute the suit, while also ruled that Shettima was not guilty of double nomination.

However, the APM counsel said he would obtain a certified true copy (CTC) of the judgment and make relevant consultations on the way forward.

Gideon Idiagbonya, APM counsel, at the resumed court session on Monday, stated that they have analysed the judgment and will want to continue with their petition.

“We were able to access the judgment through the office of Prince Lateef Fagbemi, counsel to the second respondent,” he said.

“We have gone through the judgement and we are of the opinion that we can still proceed with the instant petition.”

Although there were no objections from the respondents’ lawyers, Charles Edosomwah, APC counsel, said: “I do not know why this case is being prolonged”.

The court, however, noted that the petitioners cannot be “shut out” or forced to withdraw their petition.

Idiagbonya then prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him to call the sole witness.

The court, consequently adjourned the case to Wednesday.

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