Being of the one of the numerous parties that participated in the February 23 Presidential election, the Hope Democratic Party, HDP, has asked the Supreme Court to put a stop to the swearing in of President Muhammadu Buhari slated for Wednesday, May 29th, 2019.
The party beseeched the Supreme Court to stop the President-elect from presenting himself for swearing in ceremony pending the final resolution of petitions challenging the creditability of his election.
In a notice of appeal to Supreme Court, the party criticized the striking out of its motion on the notice by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on may 22, on ground of lack of merit.
In the appeal filed on its behalf by Yusuf Ibrahim, HDP prayed for an order of the apex court directing the Senate President or the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to take over the rein of power pending the time all issues arising from the last election would be fully resolved.
It also beseeched for another order setting aside the ruling of justice, Joseph Ikyegh which on May 22, refused to stop the inauguration of Buhari.
In the notice of appeal, filed on May 24, the HDP claimed that the tribunal faulted in law by carrying out its motion without giving perception to important law cited.
Specifically, the party claimed that the tribunal failed to apply the extant provision of section 25 of the Electoral Act 2010 mandatorily suspending and returns of the questions election of February 23, 2019 presidential election until the credibility of the said election is determined by the tribunal.