Some members within the ruling All Progressives Congress, called Gaskiya Youth Movement, have asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to disqualify the former Governor of Lagos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu from contesting the 2023 presidential primary of the party.
Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling party is one of the presidential aspirants of the ruling party and wants to take part in the party’s presidential primary, scheduled for Monday June 6th and 7th.
The members made the request in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/774/2022, filed before the Court.
Tinubu and APC are listed as first and second defendants in the suit, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is listed as the third defendant.
The group wants the court to determine whether the National Leader of the ruling party can take part in the primaries or that of any other political party, given his “questionable educational background and date of birth”.
The group is calling on court to declare that upon consideration of the relevant laws, the former Lagos State Governor cannot take part or contest in the primary election on the platform of the first defendant (APC).
The Abuja court was asked to declare that given the questionable educational background and date of birth of the presidential aspirants, among other questionable issues, the APC “cannot allow and/or permit his participation in the primary election for the office of the president”.
They also wants the court to declare that Tinubu “cannot participate by presenting himself in any primary elections with any political party in Nigeria to be nominated as a presidential aspirant for the 2023 general election.