A group of concerned Nigerians have approached the Federal High Court in Abuja with a suit that is seeking to halt the scheduled swearing-in of All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as Nigeria’s new President on May 29.
The group in a motion ex-parte it filed alongside the suit marked FHC/ABJ/C5/567/2023 alleged that Tinubu, who was declared President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), lied on oath about his possession of a Guinean Passport.
The concerned Nigerians who filed the suit are Praise Ilemona Isaiah, Pastor Paul Isaac Ausu and Dr Anongu Moses.
The defendants are the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, All Progressives Congress, Attorney-General of the Federation, Director-General of the Department of State Service, Inspector General of Police and Independent National Electoral Commission.
The concerned Nigerians are seeking an order of the court to nullify Tinubu’s candidacy in the February 25 presidential election.
They are also seeking an order restraining the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from swearing-in Tinubu.
The litigants are making the following demands:
“A DECLARATION that the deliberate, willful and false information deposed to by the 2nd defendant in FORM EC9 of the 7th defendant wherein he stated that he is not a citizen of another country apart from Nigeria, contrary to the fact that he is also a citizen of The Republic of Guinea, is a criminal offense capable of preventing the 2nd defendant from being sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“AN ORDER of this Honourable Court nullifying the candidacy of the 2nd defendant as fielded by the 3rd defendant as its political party flag bearer for the presidential election of the 25th of February 2023.
“AN ORDER of this Honourable Court restraining the 1st defendant from allowing the swearing in of the 2nd defendant as President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, and directing the 1st defendant to ensure by all the powers within his disposal that the 2nd defendant is not sworn in, into the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for willfully, deceptively and deliberately misleading the 7th defendant and telling lies on oath.
“AN ORDER of this Honourable Court directing the 4th, 5th and 6th defendants to ensure that the 2nd defendant is detained, and prevented from being sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, pending the determination of the Presidential election Petition before the Court of Appeal to determine the rightful winner of the 25th February, 2023 election conducted by the 7th defendant.
“AN ORDER of this Honourable Court directing the 3rd defendant to dismiss the 2nd defendant from the party for deliberately telling lies and falsely stating .in the form EC9 of the 7th defendant that he is only a Nigerian citizen contrary to the prevailing and available facts that he possesses citizenship of the Republic of Guinea.
“AN ORDER of this Honourable Court to the 7th defendant to nullify and disqualify the candidacy of the 2nd defendant for willfully and knowingly telling lies on oath, to the 7th defendant in the form EC9 of the 7th defendant which is against the sacrosanct condition precedent for being allowed as a candidate to contest the Presidential election of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“AN ORDER of this Honourable Court directing the 2nd defendant to stop holding out himself as the President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, since he was ineligible and his nomination as the Presidential Candidate of the 3rd defendant a nullity owing to the deliberate false declaration, he made in the form EC9 of the 7th defendant before the Presidential election which held on the 25th of February 2023.
“AN ORDER of this honourable court restraining and barring the 2nd defendant from contesting any other election in the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the next 10 years for deliberately telling lies and give false information on oath, in the form EC9 of the 7th defendant.
“AND FOR SUCH FURTHER OR OTHER ORDER(S) as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances of this application.”