Court fines ex-presidential candidate N40m for seeking to halt Tinubu’s inauguration

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday, May 25, 2023, slammed a fine of N40 million on a former Presidential candidate of the Hope Democratic Party, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru, for filing a frivolous suit to stop the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29.

The court ordered the politician to pay the fine of N10 million each to President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation AGF, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, and Tinubu whom he made 1st to 4th defendants in the matter.

Justice Jamil Tukur, who read the lead judgment of the three-man panel of the court, held that Owuru embarked on gross ab¥se of the court process by filing a frivolous, v£xatious and irritating suit to prov%ke the respondents.

The judge held that the gri£vances of Owuru against the 2019 presidential election were not only strange but uncalled for because the gri£vances had been pursued up to Supreme Court and were dismissed for want of merit.

Justice Tukur said that the action of Owuru to resuscitate the case that di£d since 2019 at the Supreme Court was aimed at making the lower courts go on a collision course with the supremacy of the apex court.


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