Supreme Court strikes out suit challenging Buhari’s re-election

Supreme Court strikes out suit challenging Buhari’s re-election

- Buhari has again defeated the candidate of HDP, Ambrose Owuru, for 2019 presidential election

- Supreme Court on Monday, October 28, struck out Owuru's appeal to nullify Buhari's election

- The court appellant had sought for fresh hearing of his appeal

The appeal filed by the presidential candidate of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Ambrose Owuru, seeking the nullification of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election has been finally struck out by the Supreme Court.

Premium Times reports that the decision by the apex court was made on Monday, October 28, in Abuja, the nation's capital.

Legit.ng gathered that the four-member panel led by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola struck out the appeal following a dramatic withdrawal of an application for the appeal to be heard afresh.

According to the report, Owuru and his party had requested the court to allow them bring back their appeal which was struck out due to errors of filing two notices of appeal instead of one.

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In his response, Ezema insisted the appeal could still be heard, but however, made a u-turn and applied for withdrawal of the application.

President Buhari’s counsel, Wole Olanipekun, on his part did not ask for cost against the two appellants.

It was gathered that before the ruling, Olanipekun had objected to the application of the appellants to hear their appeal afresh on the grounds that the time to do so had lapsed.

He argued that the appellants were not fair to the court by engaging it in a non-justiciable application that will serve no purpose other than waste the time of the court.

The position was adopted by counsel representing INEC and APC but with demand for substantial cost against the appellants for wasting the time of the court with the frivolous application.

It would be recalled that the Supreme Court had on October 3, in a unanimous judgement struck out an earlier appeal filed by Owuru.

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The five-member Supreme Court panel, led by Mary Odili, struck out the appeal on the grounds that Owuru and his party filed two notices of appeal on one matter contrary to the provisions of the law, which the apex court described as an abuse of court processes.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Supreme Court was asked by the HDP and its candidate Owuru, to reverse itself in the judgment dismissing the appeal filed against President Buhari’s election.

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