Court slams N40m fine on ex-presidential candidate for seeking to stop Tinubu’s inauguration

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has fined a former presidential candidate, Ambrose Owuru, N40 million for filing a frivolous suit seeking to prevent President-elect Bola Tinubu’s inauguration on May 29.

Owuru was ordered by the Court to pay N10 million to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Tinubu.

Justice Jamil Tukur, who read the lead judgement of the three-judge panel, held that Owuru committed a gross abuse of the court process by filing a frivolous suit in order to provoke the respondents.

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The Court of Appeal ruled that Owuru’s grievances against the 2019 presidential election were not only strange, but also uncalled for, given that the grievances had been pursued all the way to the Supreme Court and were dismissed for lack of merit.

Justice Tukur stated that Owuru’s action to resurrect a case that had died in the Supreme Court since 2019 was intended to put lower courts on a collision course with the Apex Court’s supremacy.

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