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Court adjourns suit seeking removal of Buhari till Jan 30, 2023 for judgment

From Olalekan Awojodu, Abuja.

Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed January 30 next year for judgment in a suit seeking to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office.

The suit also seek to stop the conduct of the 2023 Presidential election. The Judge fixed the judgment date on Friday following adoption of final addresses by President Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the plaintiff, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru.

At the proceedings, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru, a Presidential candidate in the 2019 election on the platform of Hope Democratic Party (HDP), asked the Federal High Court to stop INEC from conducting the 2023 presidential election.

His ground was that he won the 2019 Presidential election and that his tenure is being usurped by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He prayed the court to remove Buhari and declare him (Owuru) the authentic President and that Buhari should be compelled to refund all monies he collected as salaries, emoluments and security votes.

Owuru, a British-trained constitutional lawyer called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984 also asked the court to order his inauguration for a four year tenure of office upon removal of Buhari from office.

The senior lawyer appeared for himself and Hope Democratic Party HDP and also canvassed the final arguments.

Owuru and HDP had sued President Buhari and two others seeking court order to declare him winner of the 2019 presidential election.

He specifically claimed that he won a referendum conducted in 2019 and that President Buhari had been usurping his tenure since then.

The politician further claimed that his suit earlier lodged at the Supreme Court was unjustly dismissed following his absence in the Apex Court occasioned by discrepancies in the hearing dates conveyed to him.

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