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Supreme Court fixes May 26 To Hear Suit On Electoral Act Section 84 (12)

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The Supreme court has fixed May 26 to hear a suit filed by President Muhammadu Buhari and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, voiding the provisions of Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

Buhari and Malami filed a suit on April 29 before the apex court through a group of private lawyers, including Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), hired by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Justice Mohammed Musa Datijjo adjourned the matter till next Thursday following the concession by Buhari’s counsel, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) that the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly and the Rivers State Attorney General be joined as parties in the suit.

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The two parties joined in the matter had, in their application said that the subject matter in the originating summons relates to the validity and constitutionality of the provisions of Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act

The National Assembly is listed as the sole defendant in the suit.

The plaintiffs are contending among others, that the said section of the Electoral Act 2022 is in conflict with constitutional provisions.

They are contending that section 84(12) of the Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2022 is inconsistent with the provisions of sections 42, 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 147, 151, 177, 182, 192 and 196 of the constitution as well Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights. (NAN)

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