A legal practitioner and social critic, Inibehe Effiong, has reacted to the Supreme Court judgment dismissing the disqualification of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima.

Effiong claimed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should have persuaded one of the aspirants who took part in the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary to challenge Shettima’s double nomination.

He said that the PDP made a serious mistake in its decision to challenge Shettima’s double nomination by itself.

ABN TV reports that the Apex Court on Friday dismissed the suit filed by the PDP, seeking Tinubu and Shettima’s disqualification from the 2023 presidential election.

The Court held that the PDP’s suit was grossly lacking in merit.

In a post via his verified Twitter handle on Friday, the legal expert said that the outcome of the litigation was predictable.

He wrote, “In law, strategy is important and can make nonsense of the substance of a case if not properly considered

“PDP could have persuaded one of the numerous aspirants who participated in the APC primary to challenge Shettima’s double nomination. But it decided to do so on its own.

“The outcome was predictable. It wasn’t going to be tenable given the state of the law on pre-election matters.

“It is tidier to raise it as a ground in the petition and contend that the double nomination eroded Tinubu/Shettima’s qualification. This case was always a distraction.”


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