Buhari appoints 5 Senior Advocates to tackle PDP’s suit on Electoral Act dispute
President Muhammadu Buhari has employed 5 senior advocates of Nigeria to iron it out with the Peoples Democratic Party from getting an order stopping the deletion of part 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022.
The SANs hired to slug it out with PDP by Buhari are, Chief Oladipupo Okpeseyi, famend Professor of legislation, Yemi Akinseye George, Abdul Atadoga Ibrahim, Tijani Alkali Gasali and Ehiogie West-Idahosa.
The senior attorneys are mandated to fortify the place of the Presidency that part 84 (12) of the 2022 Electoral Act is unconstitutional, null and void and ought to be deleted.
The President who’s the first and main defendant within the court docket motion labelled PDP as a busy physique looking for to take over the constitutional capabilities of the Nationwide Meeting via the again door.
He had on Thursday on the Federal Excessive Court docket filed a joint counter-affidavit alongside the Lawyer Normal of the Federation (AGF) to debunk all allegations made in opposition to them by the celebration.
Within the new course of, Buhari informed the court docket that PDP was registered as a political celebration however now looking for to take over the capabilities of the Senate on law-making and legislation modification.
He requested the court docket to withstand the temptation of granting the request of the PDP in order to not impede the expansion of democratic governance within the nation.
Buhari’s preliminary objection in opposition to the go well with was predicated on two main grounds amongst that are that the go well with is incompetent because it doesn’t disclose any affordable explanation for motion thereby robbing the court docket of jurisdiction.
He claimed that the go well with of the plaintiff is untimely as there’s nothing earlier than the court docket exhibiting the existence of any explanation for motion.
The President additionally hinged his name for the dismissal of the go well with on the explanation that it discloses no wrongful act in opposition to him or any harm suffered by PDP or any injury more likely to be suffered by the celebration if the Electoral Act’s part 84 (12) is deleted.
Floor two of the objection was premised on abuse of court docket course of in view of a judgment by the identical court docket in Umuahia delivered by Justice Evelyn Anyadike on March 18 in go well with No FHC/UM/CS/26/2022 which nullified and put aside part 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022.
Within the bid to justify his request for dismissal of PDP’S go well with, Buhari cited part 240 of the 1999 Structure which forbids the Federal Excessive Court docket from sitting as an Enchantment Court docket by itself choices.
A replica of the preliminary objection which was sighted by DAILY POST confirmed it was endorsed by Oladipupo Okpeseyi SAN on the authority of President Buhari and has been served on events within the go well with for listening to on Could 16 by Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo.
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