Barristers & Solicitors
Court dismisses ex-HDP presidential candidate’s suit seeking Buhari’s sack

AFederal High Court in Abuja yesterday dismissed a suit filed by a former presidential candidate of Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Mr. Ambrose Owuru, against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2019 presidential election.

 Delivering judgment in the suit, Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the suit on three major grounds.

He held that the suit was an abuse of court process, was statute barred, and was an affront on the supremacy of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

The judge also held that the suit was baseless, frivolous, irritating and vexatious in its entirety.

Owuru, a presidential candidate in the 2019 election on the platform of HDP, instituted the legal action against President Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In the suit, Owuru had prayed the court to declare the presidential seat vacant and swear him in as the authentic winner of the 2019 presidential election.

 He also asked the court to determine the legality or otherwise of the INEC’S decision in 2019 during which it shifted the election from February 16 to February 23, 2019.