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Court Case Threatens to Disqualify Labour Party’s Peter Obi from Presidential Race Over Dual Citizenship



Court Case Threatens to Disqualify Labour Party's Peter Obi from Presidential Race Over Dual Citizenship

Raw Nigeria reports that Peter Obi, Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Faces Disqualification Suit over Alleged Dual Citizenship.

The presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi, is facing a fresh disqualification suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja over allegations of dual citizenship.

The National Rescue Movement (NRM) has filed the suit, claiming that Obi is no longer fit, proper, and qualified for the highest office in Nigeria due to his dual citizenship.

The suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1842/2022, accuses Obi of acquiring citizenship in Dallas, Texas, in violation of sections 1 and 137 of Nigeria’s Constitution.

The NRM is asking the court to disqualify Obi from the presidential race and is requesting an order of perpetual injunction to prevent the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognizing, dealing with, or affording Peter Obi any rights or privileges to stand for the presidential election.

The NRM has presented evidence in the form of a picture and video recording of the presentation of a citizenship certificate to Obi by the Mayor of Dallas, Mr Eric Johnson, as evidence of their allegations.

When the matter came before the court on Monday, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo criticized the NRM for their failure to properly serve the court summons on the defendants.

The judge has set a hearing for February 10th, and has threatened to strike out the case if the NRM fails to properly serve the court process on Peter Obi before that date.

The defendants in the suit are INEC, Peter Obi, and the Labour Party, listed as 1st to 3rd defendants, respectively. The case has raised questions about Peter Obi’s qualifications to run for President and the stability of the upcoming election in Nigeria.

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