The Supreme Court expressed its concern on Friday over the utilization of social media by opposition parties to intimidate the apex court and its justices, particularly in cases related to the 2023 general elections.
This was in a ruling issued by the court in response to the lawsuit initiated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the aim of disqualifying President-elect Bola Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima from the recent election.
In the case of Mr. Shettima’s double nomination, Justice Adamu Jauro, who delivered the lead judgment on the suit, expressed his dismay and criticized the appellants’ use of social media to intimidate and harass the Supreme Court justices as “shocking and unprofessional.” As a result, the PDP’s appeal was dismissed.
“Using the social media to terrorise and bully the justices of the Supreme Court,” Justice Inyang Okoro wrote in his May 26 opinion, “is appalling and unprofessional.”
In an appeal bearing the reference SC/CV/501/2023, the PDP has requested the disqualification of Mr. Tinubu, citing a violation of the Electoral Act due to the dual nomination of his running mate.
The party alleges that Mr. Shettima, the elected vice president, was nominated concurrently for both the Borno Central Senatorial District and the vice presidential position.