The Presidential Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has schedule May 22 as the day for hearing petition seeking an order of the hallowed tribunal to stop the Chief Justice of Nigeria or any other Justice from administering the sacred oath of office on President Muhammadu Buhari as president for a second term in office on May 29.
Ambrose Owuru, the Candidate of the Hope Democratic Party and his party who are challenging the alleged exclusion of their party’s candidate before the tribunal filed the application which will be considered by the tribunal on Tuesday.
The hallowed tribunal led- by Her lordship, the President of the Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachua postponed hearing on the petition due to on-proper service on the respondents.
“The application filed by the appellants/applicants and all other interlocutory applications are hereby adjourned until May 22 for hearing.
“It is hereby ordered that all exchanges of processes and filing of respondents’ briefs are done within the period specified.
“The sitting on the petition filed by the Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru and the Hope Democratic Party is hereby adjourned until May 22’’, Justice Zainab Bulkachua stated.
Owuru and the HDP are also seeking an order restraining the CJN or any other justice in that stead from swearing-in or administering the oath of allegiance and oath of office on May 29 or any other date on Buhari.The political party and Owuru filed a petition seeking a tribunal order stopping the CJN or any other justice in the country from standing in his stead to administer the sacred oath of allegiance and oath of office of the president on May 29 or any other day pending the determination of the petition contesting the validity of the election and the return of the President Buhari , the first respondent as the duly elected president during the poll before the tribunal.The part raised the other ground to hinge in the fact that pleadings had been concluded among parties and petition fixed for pre-trial hearing session following services of hearing notice to all parties which commenced May 8.
“A restraining order by this court is appropriate to preserve the subject matter of this petition and prevent the first respondent foisting a fiat accompli and state of helplessness on the court and render the petition nugatory.“The law is settled that once the question of the validity of Election of any person is challenged as to whether he is validly elected or not, the person is not competent to take office or assume the seat of power until the matter is dealt with’’,
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