The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday slammed a fine of N40 million on a former presidential candidate, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru for filing a suit to stop the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday.
The appellate court ordered the politician to pay the fine of N10 million each to President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation, Independent National Electoral Commission, and Tinubu whom he made first to fourth defendants in the issue.
Justice Jamil Tukur, who read the lead judgment of the three-member panel of the court, held that Owuru embarked on gross abuse of court process by filing a frivolous, vexatious and irritating suit to provoke the respondents.
The Court of Appeal held that Owuru’s grievances against the 2019 presidential election was not only strange but uncalled for because the grievances had been pursued up to Supreme Court and was dismissed for want of merit.
Justice Tukur said that Owuru’s action to resuscitate the case that died since 2019 at the Supreme Court was aimed at making the lower courts to go on collision course with the supremacy of the apex court.