The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected a request for an interim injunction to halt the swearing-in ceremony of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the President of Nigeria on May 29. The court, presided over by Justice James Omotosho, ruled that it lacked the jurisdiction to grant the prayer made in an ex-parte application brought by three citizens who identified themselves as Concerned Nigerians.
The plaintiffs, Praise Ilemona Isaiah, Pastor Paul Isaac Audu, and Dr. Anongu Moses, alleged in their lawsuit (marked: FHC/ABJ/C5/657/2023) that Tinubu, who was declared the winner of the February 25 presidential election, provided false information on his Form EC9 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) regarding his eligibility to contest the election. They claimed that Tinubu falsely declared that he was not a citizen of any other country, despite possessing a Guinean passport.
The court’s decision means that Tinubu’s swearing-in as President will proceed as scheduled. The case highlights the legal challenges and controversies that have arisen in relation to Tinubu’s candidacy and his qualifications to hold the highest office in the country.