Tuesday, April 25, 2023


A new lawsuit has been filed at the Court of Appeal in Abuja with the aim of stopping the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria's new President on May 29, 2023. 

The suit, marked CA/CV/259/2023 and filed by the Hope Democratic Party (HDP), is requesting that the court issue an order to prohibit President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from inaugurating the 2023 President-elect on that date. 

The HDP, which participated in the 2019 presidential election on its party platform, is seeking to prevent Buhari, the AGF, and the INEC from taking any further steps regarding the 2023 presidential election that resulted in Tinubu's victory. 

In addition, the HDP has applied for another order to direct that any form of handover inauguration organized and supervised by Buhari on May 29, 2023, outside of the adjudged winner of the 2019 presidential election, which is the subject of the pending appeal, be regarded as an "interim place holder" administration pending the hearing and determination of the substantive appeal on the constitutional interpretation thereof. 

The respondents in the motion on notice are President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, listed as the 1st to 3rd respondents, respectively. 

The motion on notice was filed on behalf of the HDP by Mr. Odion Peter and has been served on President Buhari and the AGF through their counsel, Mrs. Maimuna Lami Ashiru of the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja, while that of the INEC was served through the Head of Legal Department and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mr S. O Ibrahim.

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