Former presidential candidate asks Appeal Court to stop Tinubu’s May 29 inauguration

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A fresh motion on notice seeking to stop the inauguration of Bola Tinubu as Nigeria’s next President on May 29, has been instituted at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

The fresh suit is instituted by a presidential candidate in the 2019 Presidential election and constitutional lawyer, Ambrose Owuru and the defunct political party, Hope Democratic Party (HDP).

Owuru prayed the Court of Appeal Abuja to prohibit President Muhammadu Buhari; Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from inaugurating the President-elect on May 29.

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Owuru predicated his grouse against inauguration of Tinubu or anybody else as successor to Buhari on the ground that he is the constitutionally adjudged winner of the 2019 election and has not spent his tenure as required by law.

Among others, Owuru insisted that Buhari has been usurping his tenure of office since 2019 because the Supreme Court has not determined his petition filed in 2019 in which he challenged the purported declaration of Buhari as the election winner.

He is praying for “an order of prohibitory injunction compelling Buhari, the AGF and INEC, their servants, agents and privies to preserve and give due cognizance and abstain from any further undertaking or engaging in any act of usurpation of adjudged acquired constitutional rights and mandate as the winner of the 2019 presidential election.”

He wants the court to make “an order placing on notice that any form of inauguration, organised by Buhari on May 29, 2023  remains and is viewed as an interim placeholder administration arranged pending the hearing and determination of the substantive appeal on the constitutional interpretation thereof.”

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He also urged the court to ensure an expeditious determination of his case, saying delay would render the outcome of the suit nugatory.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit yet.

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