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AFederal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking to bar the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, from participating in the 2023 general election.

In a judgment yesterday, Justice Obiora Egwuatu held that the suit filed by a political party, Action Alliance (AA), was statute barred, having been filed outside the 14 days allowed under the Constitution.

Justice Egwuatu, who upheld the preliminary objection raised by the APC and Tinubu, noted that the suit was grossly incompetent, thereby robbing the court of the jurisdiction to entertain it or grant the reliefs sought by the plaintiff.

The judge also held that the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to file the suit, adding that the AA acted as a busybody by seeking to interfere in the internal affairs of another political party.

The suit listed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC and Tinubu as defendants.

The plaintiff had, among others, prayed the court to declare that Asiwaju Tinubu stating that he attended Government College, Ibadan, and the University of Chicago in the United States, as contained in his INEC Form CF 001 in 1999, which he presented to the commission, was false.

It also sought a declaration that the alleged false information on Tinubu’s “INEC Form CF 001 wherein he claims to have been awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics by the University of Chicago is a forged certificate”, among others.

While praying the court to declare that the submission of Tinubu’s name to the electoral umpire by the APC (second defendant) as its 2023 presidential candidate is null and void and of no effects, AA prayed the court to issue an order of perpetual injunction restraining INEC from publishing Tinubu’s name as a candidate in next presidential election.

Also, wives of Federal lawmakers, under the aegis of the House of Representatives Members’ Spouses Association (HORMSA), yesterday endorsed Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, for the 2023 poll.

The leader of the association and wife of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Salamatu Gbajabiamila, announced the endorsement when she visited the chairman of the Tinubu/Shettima Women Campaign Team, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Eulogising the APC flag bearer, Mrs. Gbajabiamila, who was accompanied by other members of the association, maintained that Asiwaju Tinubu’s track record of supporting and prioritising women makes his campaign promises on equitable representation believable.

Senator Tinubu expressed appreciation to the legislators’ wives for the show of solidarity. The Lagos Central senator also lauded the efforts of the Buhari administration to improve the welfare of those serving in the Armed Forces and expressed optimism that the APC standard bearer and his running mate will build on the positive developments recorded by the current administration, if elected.

“If the Tinubu/Shettima ticket is given this glorious opportunity, I think we will be able to see more of the foundation laid by the Buhari administration. There will be a lot of work.

“We need you all to continue to work and to help us with the door-to-door campaign,” she said.

Also, the Co-Director of Strategic Communications of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Dr. Danladi Bako, has said northern states will deliver 12 million votes for the party’s presidential candidate,  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 poll.

Bako said this when he addressed reporters yesterday in Abuja.

He said: “As far as the 2023 presidential election is concerned, the northern states, which are the stronghold of President Muhammadu Buhari, will deliver the usual 12 million votes to APC.

“I strongly believe that there is no serious candidate from the North that can bring the number of votes that President Buhari normally brings.”

The former Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) also said President Buhari had displayed his usual massive followership at the recent launch of APC manifesto in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

According to the former Sokoto State Information Commissioner, APC will also get more than the required 25 per cent votes in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“There is no problem with this as all. The governors in the Northwest have won election twice and they will ensure landslide victory for APC in their own states again,” he added.

Bako assured Nigerians that Asiwaju Tinubu would also record victory in Sokoto State, especially with the support of the President.

He said: “President Buhari remains extremely popular in the North and his opinion matters a lot in elections. The other candidates are not from the region.

“So, the APC presidential candidate will garner enough votes to win in the Northwest and Nigeria in general.”

Bako said the Senator Aliyu Magatakarda factor, being the leader of the party in Sokoto State, would also work in favour of APC in the state.

He added that Asiwaju Tinubu had always identified with the people of the state.