May 29: Presidential Tribunal declines to stop Buhari’s inauguration


By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA – The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has declined to issue an interim injunction to stop the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, from swearing-in President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, pending the determination of issues surrounding his re-election.

President Mohammadu Buhari
Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari swears to an oath during his inauguration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections — the first time in Nigeria’s history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO

A four-man panel of Justices of the tribunal which is conducting its proceedings at the Court of Appeal Headquarters in Abuja, dismissed the motion which was filed by the Hope Democratic Party, HDP.

The tribunal, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Joseph Ikyegh, held that the motion that sought to abort President Buhari’s inauguration lacked…

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