The presidential candidate of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Ambrose Owuru, has prayed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, to nullify the 2019 February 23rd presidential election that produced Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s President for a second term.
In the motion, HDP told the tribunal that the February 23 presidential election was unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional.
The HDP Presidential candidate revealed that the election was unknown to law and should be invalidated by the tribunal.
The HDP presidential candidate claimed that the “postponement of the election from February 16 to 23 had no backing of the as no cogent and verifiable reason required by law were advanced for the postponement.”
He noted that the election was never validly held by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and cannot produce any valid result or returns recognisable by law.
Ambrose Owuru, admitted that INEC has powers under section 26 of the Electoral Act 2010, insisted that “no cogent and verifiable reason were produced by the electoral body to postpone the February 16 election and thereby rendered the February 23 election a nullity under the same law.”
The presidential candidate said since INEC breached the provisions of the Electoral Act especially section 26 to conduct the February 23 poll, the “election cannot stand in the eyes of the law.”
The HDP Presidential candidate prayed for an order compelling “INEC to produce at the tribunal notice of election, Valid timetable for February 16, the press statement of February 16 as well as minutes of meeting where the decision to postpone the February 16 presidential election was taken.
Ambrose Owuru also prayed that the “return of President Buhari for a second term in office on account of February 23 election be invalidated and set aside because the election has no force of law.