The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed a petition by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) to disqualify Peter Obi as the Labour Party’s presidential candidate.
The President of the Court, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensan, dismissed the appeal because it lacked merit and APM lacked the legal standing to file the lawsuit.
The appellate court also awarded a cost of N200,000 against APM, in favour of the Labour Party and Peter Obi who are the 2nd and 3rd respondents in the suit.
Mr. Obi is running alongside prominent candidates such as Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.
With less than three weeks until the February 25 presidential election, the northern region has become the darling of presidential candidates, who continue to swarm to the North-West, North-East, and North-Central geopolitical zones that make up the northern region in search of bloc votes in the tens of millions.
Obi, a former governor of Anambra State in southern Nigeria, and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, a native of Kaduna in the north, have also campaigned in the region.