A federal high court in Abuja has ruled in favor of Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), dismissing a suit that sought to halt his swearing-in as Nigeria’s president. The court’s decision comes after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Tinubu the winner of the presidential poll held on February 25, with a total of 8,794,726 votes.
The suit, identified as FHC/ABJ/CS/657/2023, was filed by three plaintiffs: Praise Isaiah, Paul Audu, and Anongu Moses. They alleged that Tinubu provided false information on his form EC9 by falsely declaring that he was not a citizen of another country. Additionally, they accused the president-elect of perjury by misrepresenting his age in the sworn declaration.
However, the federal high court dismissed the allegations, ruling in favor of Tinubu. The court found no merit in the claims made by the plaintiffs and determined that they lacked sufficient evidence to substantiate their accusations.
The dismissal of the suit clears the way for the planned swearing-in ceremony of Bola Tinubu as the President of Nigeria. The court’s decision affirms the outcome of the presidential election and paves the way for the peaceful transition of power on the designated date.