A declaration by INEC does not constitute a Government - Director of the Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughts, Sam Amadi says Tinubu's inauguration could be stopped 1

Sam Amadi, the Director of the Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughts, has asserted that there is a chance Bola Tinubu’s inauguration as President could be halted before May 29, as there is a serious case against him at the tribunal that could go either way.

Amadi made this known via a tweet on Thursday, following his earlier statement where he commented on Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State’s declaration of May 3 as a public holiday to welcome Tinubu.

Amadi had stated that Tinubu’s visit could not be considered an official one and that Wike might have misunderstood the position of President-elect. However, he further clarified that Tinubu’s assumption of the presidency is not guaranteed.

He wrote, “Clarification on Legal Status of President-Elect.

“@officialABAT is PRESIDENT-ELECT. But he is not yet President.

2. It isn’t automatic that he will form the next government. He has a serious case in tribunal that can go either way.

3. The tribunal can stop the inauguration before 29.

“Like I always say, corruption in language leads to corruption in statecraft. Just as the law gave @inecnigeria power to make a declaration, it gives the judiciary the power to reverse it. There’s no constitutional duty to inaugurate on May 29 if a declaration is legally challenged as here.

“There is no fait accompli about the situation. Some use of language can create a false narrative where we believe that a declaration by @inecnigeria no matter how wrong constitutes a new government. No. It does not, until the final court says so.”