The Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and its presidential candidate, Ambrose Owuru, have summoned 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 five-man tribunal, headed by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has adjourned to May 22nd for the respondents – Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – 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.
The petitioners are challenging Buhari’s victory at the poll on the grounds that the rescheduling of the presidential election from February 16, 2019 to February 23, 2019 was done “without any recognizable presence or existence and or compliance with prescribed statutory conditions to do so.”
Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the All Progressives Congress are the three respondents to the petition.
They were all represented by their lawyers at today’s pre-hearing session.
The pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, a top member of the APC in Adamawa State, represented Buhari in the gallery at the Tuesday’s proceedings.