Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate for the general election of 2023, is currently the target of a new lawsuit seeking to have him disqualified for holding dual citizenship with another country.
A different political party, the National Rescue Movement (NRM), brought Obi before the court, alleging, among other things, that the presidential candidate is no longer qualified for the most prestigious office in Nigeria due to his dual citizenship.
In a new lawsuit filed against Obi, the plaintiff is asking the court to rule that he should be disqualified from running for president due to a violation of the 1999 Constitution.
The Labour Party candidate was charged with violating sections 1 and 137 of the Nigerian Constitution by obtaining citizenship of Dallas, Texas, the United States of America, according to the lawsuit with the file number FHC/ABJ/CS/1842/2022.
Through its attorney, Mohammed Danjuma, the party requested a permanent injunction preventing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from granting Peter Obi any right or privilege to run for president.
Peter Obi was alleged to have voluntarily acquired Dallas citizenship in a 14-paragraph affidavit submitted in support of the lawsuit, and Mr. Eric Johnson, the mayor of Dallas, gave him a certificate of citizenship.
To support its case against the defendant, the party produced a photograph and a video of the presentation of the citizenship certificate.
Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo berated the plaintiff for not being able to serve the defendants with the original summons when the case was discussed on Monday.
Justice Ekwo then set the case’s mention for February 10 and threatened to dismiss it if the plaintiff failed to serve Peter Obi with court papers before the adjourned date.
INEC, Peter Obi, and the Labour Party are the first through third defendants in the lawsuit, respectively.
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