Ahead controversial inauguration, Nigerian youth trend #TinubuisnotmyPresident on Twitter

John Ogunsemore
2 Min Read

As President-elect Bola Tinubu’s inauguration as Nigeria’s 16th president holds on Monday, May 29, many Nigerian youths have taken to social media to register their displeasure with the exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on March 1 declared Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the February 25 presidential election.

According to the electoral umpire, the APC flagbearer secured 8,794,726 votes, to defeat Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 6,984,520 votes, and Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), who got 6,101,533 votes.

Atiku and Obi have approached the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal alleging a fraudulent process and asking to be declared as the authentic winner of the election.

Many Nigerians, including some legal minds, have also made a case for suspending Tinubu’s inauguration on May 29 until the court processes were dispensed with.

Justice James Omotoso of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed a suit seeking to stop Tinubu’s inauguration.

The court also imposed a N40 million fine on the plaintiffs, Praise Ilemona, Pastor Paul Issac Audu and Dr Anongu Moses, for filing the “frivolous” suit.

Similarly, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking the disqualification of Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima over alleged double nomination.

Nevertheless, many Nigerian youths on Twitter are trending a hashtag: #TinubuisnotmyPresident.

Read reactions monitored on the microblogging platform:

However, some other youths cautioned the trenders of the hashtag not to commit sedition.

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