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Supreme Court dismissed appeal filed against Buhari by HDP

On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the presidential election by Hope Democratic Party, HDP, presidential candidate Ambrose Owuru.

Owuru and his party, HDP, had appealed to the presidential electoral petition court’s decision which rejected their request challenging Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election.

The five-man jury led by Mary Odili rejected the appeal, claiming that more than one appeal notice was presented in the same appeal.

Odili said that Owuru and HDP did not appeal against the court ruling on August 22 that rejected their request for lack of jurisdiction.

“The two notices of appeal filed by the appellants and jointly utilised, is a procedure not backed by law and cannot be used.

“Rather the appellants have come here to tackle the decision on the merits which the court below handled out of the abundance of caution,” she said.

The apex court stated that the petition was struck out by the tribunal and therefore, “there is no appeal”.