Wednesday, April 26, 2023


Ambrose Owuru, a former presidential candidate of the defunct Hope Democratic Party (HDP), has requested that the Court of Appeal stop Bola Tinubu's inauguration as Nigeria's president on May 29. 

This is part of a series of legal actions taken to challenge Mr. Tinubu's victory in the February presidential election. However, unlike the other suits filed after the election, Mr. Owuru's suit was filed at the Court of Appeal, rather than the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja. 

Mr. Tinubu won the election as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Key petitioners seeking to overturn Mr. Tinubu's victory include the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party's Peter Obi, who came second and third, respectively, in the polls.

In his suit, Mr. Owuru seeks an order from the Court of Appeal to prevent Mr. Tinubu's inauguration, arguing that he is the constitutionally adjudged winner of the 2019 presidential poll and has not yet served his four-year term as statutorily required. He also contends that Mr. Buhari has been illegally occupying the office of president since 2019 on the basis that the Supreme Court was yet to decide his petition filed in 2019 challenging Mr. Buhari's victory. 

Mr. Owuru has requested that the Court of Appeal issue an "interim placeholder" administration until the hearing and determination of his substantive appeal on the constitutional interpretation of the suit. He has also asked for a speedy hearing and determination of the case before Mr. Tinubu's inauguration. However, no date has been set for the hearing of the case.

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