Why Tinubu’s Swearing-in Could Be Stopped – Associate Professor, Sam Amadi
"It isn’t automatic that he will form the next government. He has a serious case in tribunal that can go either way..
Why Tinubu’s Swearing-in Could Be Stopped – Sam Amadi Gives Strong Reasons
Associate Professor and Director Abuja School of Social and Political Thought, Sam Amadi has clarified his earlier statement in which he claimed that the “President-elect is not an official position.”
Amadi claimed that the president-elect, Bola Tinubu’s inauguration, could be stopped before May 29, insisting that he has a serious case in tribunal that could go either way.
His statement was contained in a post via his Twitter handle on Thursday.
Recall that Amadi said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State probably thought that the president-elect is an official position, noting that Tinubu’s visit can not be official.
The statement followed Wike’s declaration of Wednesday, May 3, as a public holiday for the people to receive Tinubu, who was invited by the governor.
The statement had attracted mixed interpretations.
However, the public affairs analyst took to his Twitter handle to make further clarifications, saying it is not automatic that Tinubu will form the next government.
He wrote, “Clarification on Legal Status of President-Elect.
“Bola Ahmed Tinubu is PRESIDENT-ELECT. But he is not yet president.
“It isn’t automatic that he will form the next government. He has a serious case in tribunal that can go either way.
Tinubu’s Inauguration Threatened As Powerful Lawyer Says It Is Unconstitutional To Swear In ‘President-Elect’
Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, lawyer to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that it is unconstitutional to swear in the “President-elect”, Bola Tinubu, when the election petition tribunal has not given final verdict on his victory.
Ejimakor is the latest notable voice to make such demand, adding that there was nowhere the law provided that a winner whose victory is being contested by the opposition and whose victory has not been affirmed by the court must be sworn in.
The IPOB leader’s lawyer, who said this on Thursday ahead of May 29th scheduled for Tinubu’s inauguration, argued that the finality of election results is decided by the court except where the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is uncontested.
He insisted that no part of the Nigerian law made such a provision, and therefore, it is unconstitutional to swear-in such a winner.
“Given that the finality of election result is decided by the Court, except where the INEC-declared result is uncontested, it’s unconstitutional to swear-in a winner whose victory has not been affirmed by the Court.
“Where’s the law that says such a winner must be sworn-in? None!” he said.