Court to deliver judgment seeking 2023 election cancellation

A Federal High Court in Abuja will on Monday (today) rule on a request to halt the conduct of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for February 25.

The court will also decide whether to remove President Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) from office due to alleged irregularities in the 2019 presidential election.

The judgement, which is set to be delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, is based on a suit filed by Chief Ambrose Owuru, the presidential candidate of the Hope Democratic Party in the 2019 election.

Owuru had instituted legal action against Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission, asking the court to declare him the winner of the election.

A notice for the judgment delivered on Friday by journalists at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja indicated that the verdict would be delivered by 9am by Justice Ekwo.

The notice was served on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The PUNCH reported that the Rivers State-born presidential candidate had asked the court to declare him the winner of the 2019 presidential election.

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 by postponing the election and that Buhari’s declaration as the winner of the unlawful act should be declared null and void and of no effect.

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 at the Apex Court due to discrepancies in the hearing dates conveyed to him.

He, therefore, prayed for the court to remove Buhari and declare 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 the removal of Buhari from office and that the Federal High Court should stop INEC from conducting the forthcoming presidential election.

 

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