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May 29: Fresh suit filed to stop inauguration of President-elect, Bola Tinubu

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A fresh legal action has been taken against the inauguration of Bola Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria on May 29, 2023. The suit has been filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order to prevent the swearing-in of Tinubu. Tinubu won the February 25 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). However, opposition candidates from other parties have contested that Tinubu did not win the presidential poll.

The plaintiffs, five FCT residents, are seeking a court order restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, and any other authority or person from swearing in any candidate in the February 25 presidential election as President or Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria until it is judicially determined with finality or in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution that such candidate has fulfilled the requirement of Section 134(2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

They also want a declaration that “the plaintiffs and other FCT residents have a legal interest and constitutional rights to be heard on the question of whether a President-elect must secure at least 25% of votes cast, on the first ballot, in the FCT, Abuja.” The plaintiffs are seeking various reliefs, including the declaration that no state of the country is the FCT for any purpose whatsoever.

The suit has been marked FHC/ABJ/CS/578/2023 and is being heard in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. With the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal still ongoing and just 17 days before the President-elect’s inauguration, the plaintiffs’ legal action has added to the uncertainty surrounding Tinubu’s inauguration.

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