Appeal Court imposes N40m fine on ex-presidential candidate seeking to stop Tinubu’s inauguration

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has imposed a fine of N40 million on a former presidential candidate who was seeking to stop the inauguration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The politician has been ordered to pay N10 million each to President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation AGF, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, and Tinubu, the 1st to 4th defendants in the issue.

Justice Jamil Tukur, who read the lead judgment of the three-man panel of the court, held that Owuru embarked on gross abuse of court process by filing a vexatious and irritating suit to provoke the respondents.

The Court of Appeal held that the grievances of Owuru against the 2019 presidential election were not only strange but uncalled for because they had been pursued up to the Supreme Court and were dismissed for want of merit.

Justice Tukur said that Owuru’s action to resuscitate the case that died since 2019 at the Supreme Court was aimed at making the lower courts go on a collision course with the supremacy of the apex court.

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