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Buhari’s second term inauguration must be halted               –Ambrose Owuru

botchway May 15, 2019

The Hope Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Ambrose Owuru, have asked the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to stop the planned inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29 for a second term pending the hearing and determination of their appeal challenging the President’s victory at the February 23 poll.

The application by the petitioners was scheduled for hearing on Tuesday, but it was adjourned till May 22 after the respondents informed the five-man tribunal led by Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa that they were only served with the application shortly before the commencement of the proceedings and asked for time to respond.

In their application filed on May 9, 2019, the petitioners, through their lawyer, Mr. Oliver Eya, contended that Buhari should not be sworn in while his election was still being challenged at the tribunal.

They, therefore, sought two prayers, with one seeking an order restraining Buhari from presenting himself for the inauguration scheduled to hold on May 29, and the other restraining the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, from administering the oath of office and allegiance to the President on the day of inauguration.

Credit: punchng.com

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