Court Fines Ex-Presidential Candidate N40m For Seeking To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has fined a former presidential candidate, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru, the sum of N40 million for filing a frivolous suit to stop the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on May 29.
The Court of Appeal held that the grievances of Owuru against the 2019 presidential election were not only strange but uncalled for because the grievances had been pursued up to Supreme Court and were dismissed for want of merit.
Therefore, the Court ordered him to pay the sum of N10m each to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Bola Tinubu.
Delivering the lead judgment of the three-man panel on Thursday, Justice Jamil Tukur held that Owuru embarked on gross abuse of Court process by filing a frivolous suit to provoke the respondents.
Justice Tukur said that his bid to resuscitate the case was aimed at putting the lower Courts on a collision course with the supremacy of the Apex Court.
Owuru, who was the candidate of Hope Democratic Party (HDP) in the 2019 presidential election, had filed a fresh suit seeking an order prohibiting President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from swearing in Tinubu as President come May 29.
He predicated his case against the swearing-in of Tinubu or anybody else as successor to Buhari on the grounds that he is the constitutionally adjudged winner of the 2019 election and has not spent his tenure as required by law.
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