A Legal expert, Isaac Anumudu, has said, in an interview, that Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima is liable to be disqualified and sent to prison if found guilty of double nomination as claimed by the opposition parties.
The results of the presidential election have been challenged in court by the opposing political parties, who have filed lawsuits challenging Bola Tinubu, and Kashim Shettima’s victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Due to a potential violation of the Electoral Act, the petitioners have asked the court to rule Shettima ineligible. They asserted that Shettima had already declared his candidature for the Senate, when he agreed to serve as Tinubu’s running mate, which would have constituted a duplicate nomination in violation of the Election Act.
Speaking in an interview, Anumudu said Shettima’s claimed double nomination is a problem that may be settled in a week, adding that the court has the authority to order INEC to show Shettima’s nomination documents, for both the vice presidency and the Senate in certified true copies.
The legal expert stressed that the former governor of Borno state if he is found guilty of violating the Electoral Act, may lose his job, and face a two-year prison sentence.
Anumudu has made it clear that inviting further witnesses is not necessary to resolve the matter; all that will be required is for INEC to present Shettima’s nomination documents. In the event that Shettima is discovered to have submitted nomination forms for both posts,
He will be subjected to the Electoral Acts penalties, which might include jail and disqualification.
“It won’t take one week to resolve the matter of the APC vice president-elect, to decide whether he is qualified to run for the election or not due to alleged double nomination, which is against the electoral laws. You won’t need to present any evidence other than asking INEC to present certified true copies of his nomination papers, for vice president and senator, and if there is proof that he signed the papers for both of them, that disqualifies him, and also makes him liable for two years in prison, under the Electoral Act.”
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