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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has prayed the Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the nomination of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State as gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the 2023 general elections.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the PDP, equally sought the order of the court to invalidate the nomination of 40 Lagos State House of Assembly candidates over the late submission of their nomination forms to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The plaintiff maintained that Sections 29 and 30(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, made it mandatory for political parties, including the 2nd defendant (APC), to submit nomination forms of candidates it intends to sponsor for elections, to the 1st defendant (INEC), not later than 180 days to the conduct of the election.
PDP told the court that APC did not submit the nomination list containing names of governor Sanwo-Olu and the 40 House of Assembly candidates, within the approved timeline.
PDP further seeks a declaration that the APC, is not entitled “to participate and field a candidate to contest the governorship and state house of assembly elections of Lagos state having contravened the revered and mandatory provisions of Section 29 and 300) of the Electoral Act.”
“An order setting aside or nullifying forthwith the purported sponsorship and/or nomination of the 3rd-43rd defendants by the 2nd defendant (APC) to the 1st defendant (INEC) in respect of the forthcoming governorship and state house of assembly elections in Lagos state”.
They also stated, “An order of injunction restraining the 1st defendant either by herself, agents, privies, surrogates or any other person(s) whosoever from according recognition to the 2nd — 43rd Defendants or in any manner whatsoever featuring or parading the 2nd— 43rd Defendants as a political party and candidate respectively in the forthcoming governorship and state house of assembly.”
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