On Monday, January 30, the Federal High Court in Abuja is scheduled to issue a historic ruling in a case seeking the removal of President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) from office due to alleged irregularities in the 2019 presidential election.
The verdict that Justice Inyang Ekwo is expected to issue will also address a motion to halt the conduct of the February 25th, 2023 presidential election.
Journalists at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja recently came across an announcement for the judgment delivery, which stated that Justice Ekwo would give the decision by 9 am on Friday.
Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, who serves as President Buhari’s Chief Legal Officer, received the notice immediately.
According to reports, Chief Ambrose Owuru, the Hope Democratic Party’s presidential candidate for the 2019 election who was born in Rivers State, has filed a lawsuit against Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
However, Owuru, a constitutional lawyer with British training admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1984, requested that the Federal High Court pronounce him the election’s victor.
He had requested the court, among other things, to rule on the legitimacy or otherwise of INEC’s 2019 decision to move the poll from February 16 to March 23.
He asserted that INEC violated the constitution in unconstitutional and unlawful methods, shifting the presidential election, and that Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation of victory as a result of this illegal act should be deemed void and without force.
He based his argument on the fact that the Supreme Court had not rendered a decision on the petition he filed against Buhari as required by law.
The lawmaker argued that inconsistencies in the hearing dates that were communicated to him led to the unjust dismissal of his case by the Supreme Court after his absence from the Apex Court.
Therefore, he requested that the court dismiss Buhari, recognize him (Owuru) as the legitimate President, and order Buhari to return all of the money he had received in the form of wages, emoluments, and security votes.
The HDP presidential candidate also requested that the Federal High Court order INEC to refrain from holding the 2023 presidential election and that he be inaugurated for a four-year term following Buhari’s ouster from office.
The lawsuit requested that the court order President Buhari to return any funds he received as wages, emoluments, and security votes while alleging that Buhari had seized his authority.
After Buhari, the AGF, INEC, and the plaintiff adopted final addresses on November 4 of last year, Justice Ekwo set the judgment date of January 30 as the day on which the case would be decided.