Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has responded to the suit filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking his disqualification from contesting the 2023 election.
The PDP went to court and asked it to stop Obi from switching Okupe out for him as his running mate.
The PDP also asked the court to stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), from replacing Kabiru Masari as his running mate.
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The PDP asked the court to keep both of them from running for president in 2023 if they chose to replace Okupe and Masari as their running mates.
Peter Obi and Tinubu no longer have Okupe and Masari as their running mates. Instead, they now have Yusuf Baba-Ahmed and Kashim Shettima.
Obi’s lawyer, Alex Ejesieme (SAN), sent a notice of preliminary objection to the originating motion on July 18. Obi wants the court to throw out or dismiss PDP’s suit “for lack of requisite jurisdiction.”
Peter Obi doesn’t agree with the prayers of the PDP for four reasons.
The first ground said, “The plaintiff’s suit is speculative, conjectural, and lacking in hard facts, so this court does not have the right to rule on it.”
The lawyer for Obi said that the PDP “has not shown any reasonable cause of action to bring the court into play.”
The lawyer for Obi also said that the PDP’s lawsuit “does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court.”
“The plaintiff’s lawsuit is a huge waste of time and money,” Obi’s lawyer said.