HDP urges Supreme Court to stop Buhari’s inauguration

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Just hours to inauguration, Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has asked the Supreme Court to stop the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari slated for Wednesday in Abuja.

HDP in a notice of appeal filed before the Supreme court urged the court to stop the president-elect from presenting himself for swearing-in ceremony pending the final determination of petitions challenging the validity of his election.

A similar application by the party was dismissed by the presidential election petition tribunal for lacking in merit.

However, the HDP in its appeal, faulted the decision of the tribunal in its ruling delivered.

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In its notice of appeal filed before the Supreme Court on May 24, filed on their behalf by their lawyer, Yusuf Ibrahim, the appellants prayed for another order setting aside the ruling of Justice Joseph Ikyegh, which on May 22, refused to stop Buhari’s inauguration.

In the notice of appeal, filed on May 24, the HDP claimed that the tribunal erred in law in striking out its motion without giving cognizance to relevant law cited.

However, the notice of appeal may have suffered a setback as the registry of the tribunal refused to transmit the notice of appeal to the Supreme Court.

The registry said the notice would not be transmitted to the apex court until the party makes a deposit of N1million for assessment of the record of proceedings and transmitting same to Supreme Court as required by law.

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