The swearing-in ceremony for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office is currently under threat, as one of the political parties has approached the courts to halt the process.
As you read, Hope Democratic Party, HDP, has filed a motion, seeking for an order of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, restraining President Muhammadu Buhari from presenting himself to be sworn-in on May 29, 2019.
The party is also seeking an order restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, from swearing-in, administering the Oath of Office, and Oath of Allegiance, to Buhari, on May 29, 2019.
In a motion on notice made available to Journalists, on Tuesday, and published on Post Nigeria, the party filed the motion on six grounds, pursuant to section 1 (2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and under the jurisdiction of the Tribunal.
Some of the grounds of the application, are that there is a pending petition challenging the election and return of President Buhari, as the winner of the February 23, Presidential election.
The Hope Democratic Party, also said that the petition has been served on the president and pleadings have been exchanged. The party, claimed that inspite of the pendency of the legal action against Buhari, he has been making frantic efforts and preparation for his inauguration, on May 29, 2019, by the CJN.
The party further said that unless President Buhari restrains from presenting himself for inauguration, he will foil a fiat accompli and state of hopelessness on the court, and render their petition nugatory.
The Hope Democratic Party also averred that the law is settled, that once a question of the validity of an election of any person is challenged, that person is not competent to take the Oath of Office, or assume the seat of power.
The application was filed on May 9, 2019, and it is been heard today, May 14, 2019. The Respondent, including Counsels to Buhari, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said that they have not been served with the motion.
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