Just 33 Days ahead of the planned inauguration of the government of President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a new suit seeking to stop his inauguration as Nigeria’s new President on May 29, 2023 has been filed at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The suit marked CA/CV/259/2023 filed by Hope Democratic Party (HDP) is praying the court for an order halting the inauguration.
The party prayed the court to prohibit President Muhammadu Buhari, the attorney general of the federation AGF and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from swearing-in the 2023 President-elect on May 29.
The party participated in the 2019 presidential poll on the platform of Hope Democratic Party (HDP) wants Buhari, the AGF and the INEC stopped from taking any further steps on the 2023 presidential election that produced Tinubu as winner.
The party also applied for another order directing and placing on notice that any form of handover inauguration, organized and Superintended by Buhari on 29th May 2023 outside the adjudged winner of the 2019 presidential election, subject of the pending appeal, remains and is viewed as an “interim place holder” administration pending the hearing and determination of his substantive appeal on constitutional interpretation thereof.
Listed as respondents in the motion on notice are President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as 1st to 3rd, respectively.
The motion on notice filed on his behalf by Mr Odion Peter has been served on President Buhari and 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.
The president-elect and Former governor of Lagos State arrived the country yesterday evening after about a month in France for rest after the exhaustive campaign and election season, in readiness for his inauguration.