The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday imposed N40 million fine on a Presidential Candidate, Ambrose Albert Owuru in the 2019 presidential election for instituting what it called a frivolous suit to stop the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29.
The three-man panel of justices of the court in a unanimous judgment read by Justice Jamil Tukur gave the order in Abuja.
The appellate court held that Owuru embarked on gross abuse of the court process by “filing frivolous, vexatious and irritating suit to provoke the respondents.”
As a remedy for respondents, the Court of Appeal ordered the politician to pay the fine of N10 million each to President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the President-elect Tinubu whom the appellant made the 1st to 4th respondents in the case.
The court held that the grievances of Owuru 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 lack of merit.
Owuru’s resuscitation of the case that died since 2019 at the Supreme Court is aimed at making the lower courts to go on a collision course with the supremacy of the Apex Court, it ruled.