Breaking: Court Rules on suit seeking to sack Buhari, stop 2023 elections


A Federal High Court sitting  in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by Ambrose Owuru, the presidential candidate of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) in the 2019 election, seeking to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office and halt the 2023 general elections.

Owuru, in the suit instituted against Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had asked the court to declare him the winner of the 2019 presidential election after the seat of the presidential was declared vacant.

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The HDP candidate also said the court to determine the constitutionality of the shift in 2019 presidential election from Feb. 16 to March 23, 2019 by INEC.



Owuru claimed in the lawsuit that INEC violated the constitution by shifting the presidential election in an illegal and unlawful manner, and that the declaration of Buhari as the winner of the illegal act should be declared null and void.

He asked the court to declare him the poll’s victor.

In addition, he stated that the petition he filed against Buhari had not been decided by the Supreme Court as mandated by law.


The politician asserted that his Supreme Court petition was improperly dismissed due to his absence at the apex court due to discrepancies in the hearing dates communicated to him.

He claimed that Buhari had usurped his term in office.

He therefore pleaded with the court to remove Buhari, declare him (Owuru) the legitimate President, and compel Buhari to return all salaries, emoluments, and security votes he had received.


The HDP candidate for president also asked the court to order his inauguration for a four-year term upon Buhari’s removal from office and to prevent INEC from conducting the 2023 election.

In his ruling, dismissed the lawsuit on three major grounds.

Justice Ekwo ruled that the lawsuit was an abuse of court process, time-barred, and an affront to the Nigerian Supreme Court’s authority.


The judge also ruled that the entire lawsuit was groundless, frivolous, annoying, and vexatious.

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