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PDP Fined N2 Million Over Shettima Double Nomination Case, Supreme Court Rules

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has issued its ruling on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s case against Kassim Shettima, the All Progressives Congress (APC) member alleged of double nomination.

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PDP Fined N2 Million Over Shettima Double Nomination Case, Supreme Court Rules 66

The Supreme Court Ruling

The apex court dismissed the PDP’s suit, agreeing with the lower courts that the PDP lacks the locus standi, legal standing, to institute the case. The Supreme Court’s dismissal marks a significant turning point in this contentious legal battle, which has drawn attention from across the political spectrum.

“The Apex court agrees with the lower courts that the PDP lacks the locus Standi to institute the case.”

Implications of the Ruling

Justice Adamu Jauro, who delivered the judgement, declared that the PDP acted as a “meddlesome interloper” and a “busybody”. He suggested that the party had overstepped its boundaries, given that the issue in question was an internal affair of the APC.

“The PDP acted as a meddlesome interloper and a busy body as it is an internal affair of the APC.”

In a further blow to the PDP, the Supreme Court ruled that the party must pay a fine of two million Naira for its actions.

  1. PDP fined Two Million Naira (N2,000,000)

This fine adds a financial cost to the legal setback the party has suffered.

Further Analysis

This judgement has significant implications for the PDP, the APC, and Nigerian politics more broadly. As the court has affirmed that political parties’ internal affairs are outside of its jurisdiction, this could deter similar lawsuits in the future.

The PDP’s standing in Nigerian politics could also be affected. While it remains to be seen how the party will respond to this ruling, it is clear that the PDP has encountered a formidable legal and financial obstacle.

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