Supreme Court Strikes out HDP’s Suit against Buhari

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By Alex Enumah in Abuja

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck out the appeal of candidate of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Chief Ambrose Owuru, against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The appeal was struck out on the grounds that Owuru and his party engaged in gross abuse of court processes by filing two notices of appeal contrary to the provisions of the law.

In a unanimous decision of the apex court read by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, the court held that the appellants failed to appeal against the August 22 ruling of the presidential election petition tribunal which struck out their petition for being incompetent.

Justice Odili upheld the argument of Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN that the two appellants embarked on a journey aimed at misdirecting the court by filing two notices of appeal and simultaneously used the two notices to formulate grounds of appeal, contrary to the provisions of the law.

The court having upheld the preliminary objections of the three respondents to the appeal said that the HDP’s appeal had nothing to stand upon and consequently struck out the appeal.

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