HDP made the appeal in a motion filed before the tribunal which is also seeking an order restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria from swearing in, administering the oath of office and oath of allegiance to the president on May 29th, 2019.
In a motion on notice made available to journalists on Tuesday, the party filed the motion on 6 grounds pursuant to section 1 subsection 2 of the 1999 constitution as amended and under the jurisdiction of the tribunal.
The petitioners said, “The law is settled that once the question of the validity of election of any person is challenged as to whether he is validly elected or not, that person is not competent to take office or assume the seat of power.
“The constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria prohibits and forbids that Nigeria or any part thereof be governed or taken over by any person or group of persons except in accordance with the provisions of the constitution”.
But reacting, Onochie, in a tweet on Wednesday morning wrote: “Tribunal Asked To Stop @MBuhari’s Inauguration– @channelstv.
“Me: So they finally head for the court after obtaining a post dated injunction to stop the people’s will on May 29th without a case in court; Laughable.
“Yes we know How? #HandOfEsau but the #VoiceOfJacob, JOKERS!”