Court to rule Friday on suit seeking to stop Tinubu’s inauguration

AFederal High Court in Abuja has fixed ruling for Friday on an ex-parte application filed by some three individuals seeking to stop the inauguration of President-elect, Bola Tinubu, until the determination of petitions before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC).

Justice James Omotosho chose the date yesterday after listening to arguments from the applicant’s lawyer, Oliver Eya.

Before adjourning the case, Justice Omotosho ordered Eya to be prepared to address the court on three key issues on the next date. The issues are – whether the court has jurisdiction to hear the case, whether the plaintiffs have the locus standi to file the suit, and whether they have any legal right they seek to protect with the suit.

The applicants – Praise Isaiah, Pastor Paul Audu and Anongu Moses – who claimed to be Nigerian electorate, want the court to prevent the inauguration pending the determination of a motion they filed for interlocutory injunctions.

They urged the court to issue ‘an order of interim injunction restraining the 2nd respondent (Tinubu) from being sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed’.

Isaiah, Audu and Moses, who are listed as plaintiffs in the substantive suit, claimed among others, that Tinubu gave false information about his citizenship status and his date of birth.

Listed as defendants are the President, Bola Tinubu, All Progressives Congress (APC), Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Inspector General of Police (IG) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).