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Abuja Court dismisses suit to terminate President Buhari administration

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by a former presidential candidate of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) Ambrose Owuru, challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s election as the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the 2019 election.

The suit seeking President Buhari’s dismissal was dismissed by the Court on three major grounds: it was a gross abuse of court process, it was statute-barred, and it was an affront to the Supreme Court of Nigeria’s Supremacy.

Inyang Ekwo, the judge also ruled that the entire suit was baseless, frivolous, and vexatious.

In the suit, the plaintiff, Owuru, sought a court order declaring the presidential seat vacant and swearing him in as the legitimate winner of that election.

Owuru had instituted legal action against Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and among other reliefs, he had asked the court to determine the legality or otherwise of the decision by INEC in 2019 during which it postponed the election from February 16 to March 23.

He claimed that INEC acted against the constitution in illegal and unlawful ways and manners the presidential poll was shifted and the declaration of Buhari as the winner of the unlawful act should be declared null and void and of no effect.

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The ground of his claim was predicated on the fact that the petition he lodged against Buhari had not been adjudicated upon by the Supreme Court as required by law.

The politician claimed that his petition at the Supreme Court was unjustly dismissed following his absence from the Apex Court due to discrepancies in the hearing dates conveyed to him.

He, therefore, prayed the court removes Buhari and declares him (Owuru) the authentic President and that Buhari should be compelled to refund all monies he collected as salaries, emoluments and security votes.

The HDP presidential candidate also asked the court to order his inauguration for a four-year tenure of office upon removal of Buhari from office and that the Federal High Court should stop INEC from conducting the 2023 presidential election.

While claiming that his tenure had been usurped by President Buhari, the plaintiff prayed that the court should compel Buhari to refund all monies he collected as salaries, emoluments and security votes.

Ekwo had on November 4 last year fixed January 30 as the judgment date following the adoption of final addresses by Buhari, the AGF, INEC and the plaintiff.

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