Buhari In Trouble, May Not Be Sworn In On May 29 As Tribunal Has Been Told To Do This

One of the political parties that participated in the last general election, has moved to ensure that president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC is not sworn in as the president for second term in office, come may 29, 2019.

Hope Democratic Party (HDP), has filed a motion seeking an order of the presidential election tribunal restraining President Muhammadu Buhari from presenting himself to be sworn-in on May 29th, 2019.

The party is also seeking an order restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria from swearing-in, administering the oath of office and oath of allegiance to the president on May 29th, 2019.

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In a motion on notice made available to journalists on Tuesday, Hope Democratic Party filed the motion on six grounds pursuant to section one subsection two of the 1999 constitution as amended and under the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

Some of the grounds of the application is that there is a pending petition challenging the election and return of President Buhari as the winner of the February 23 presidential election.

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The Hope Democratic Party also said the petition has been served on President Buhari and pleadings have been exchanged.

The Hope Democratic Party claimed that inspite of the pendency of the legal action against President Buhari, he has been making frantic efforts and preparation for his inauguration on May 29, 2019, by the CJN.

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The party further said that unless President Buhari restrains from presenting himself for inauguration he will foil ” a fiat accompli and state of hopelessness on the court and render their petition nugatory.

The Hope Democratic Party also averred that the law is settled that once a question of the validity of an election of any person is challenged that person is not competent to take oath of office or assume the seat of power.

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The application was filed on May 9th, 2019 and it is been heard today, May 14, 2019.

The respondent including counsels to President Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said they have not been served with the motion.

However, the petitioner has announced the application.

Meanwhile, The pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, has arrived the Tuesday’s proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

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When the matter slated for the day, the petition filed by Hope Democratic Party and its candidate, Ambrose Awuru, was called, Ribadu a top member of the All Progressives Congress from Adamawa State, announced himself as the representative of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose victory at the February 23 poll is being challenged by HDP.

Buhari’s party, the APC, was represented by Dare Oketade, who identified himself as the party’s head of legal services.

The Independent National Electoral Commission was represented by its Director, Legal Services, Oluwatoyin Babalola.