Appeal Court slams N40m fine on ex-presidential candidate seeking to stop Tinubu’s inauguration
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday slammed a fine of N40 million on a former Presidential candidate, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru for filing a frivolous suit to stop the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29.
The appellate court ordered the politician to pay the fine of N10 million each to President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation AGF, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, and Tinubu whom he made 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 frivolous, vexatious and irritating suit to provoke the respondents.
The Court of Appeal held that the grievances of Owuru against the 2019 presidential election was not only strange but uncalled for because the grievances had been pursued up to Supreme Court and was dismissed for want of merit.
Justice Tukur said that the action of Owuru to resuscitate the case that died since 2019 at the Supreme Court was aimed at making the lower courts to go on collision course with the supremacy of the apex court.