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Why we struck out suit against Buhari-Supreme Court

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

The five-member Supreme Court panel, led by Mary Odili, struck out the appeal on the grounds that Mr 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.

The appellants (Mr Owuru and HDP) had challenged the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which on August 22 dismissed their petition for want of competence.

But the Supreme Court in its ruling on Thursday struck out the appeal for being unmeritorious and for constituting an abuse of court process.

The court held that the failure of Mr Owuru and his party to appeal the August 22 ruling of the tribunal was fatal to their appeal.

In a unanimous decision, the apex court upheld the objection raised by the three respondents in the suit and subsequently dismissed the appeal.

The three respondents in the appeal are Mr Buhari, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressive Congress (APC).

During the court session, Wole Olanipekun, the counsel representing Mr Buhari; Yunus Usman, counsel to INEC, and Lateef Fagbemi, the counsel to APC, in separate preliminary objections, asked the Supreme Court to strike out the appeal on the grounds that the appellants contravened the law by filing two notices of appeal in one matter.

 

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