Posted by Ikechukwu Nnochiri, Abuja | 30 October 2018 | 998 times
A non-governmental organization under the aegis of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, on Monday, approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for an order of perpetual injunction to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from including President Muhammadu Buhari’s name in the 2019 presidential ballot paper.
The group, in its suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1228/2018, contended that President Buhari was not validly nominated by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in accordance with provisions of Section 91 (9) of the Electoral Act.
While President Buhari was cited as the 1st Defendant in the matter, office of the President, the Attorney General of the Federation, the APC and INEC were sued as 2nd to 4th Defendants.
Specifically, the Plaintiff, through its lawyer, Mr. Okere Nnamdi, urged the court determine “Whether having regard to the express provisions of Section 91 (9) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) the expression of interest and nomination forms, purchased by a group named Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network and donated to the 1st Defendant, and which the 1st defendant accepted, completed and submitted to the 4th Defendant, the grounds upon which the 1st Defendant became the sole presidential candidate of the 4th Defendant at the 6th October 2018 National Convention for election of Presidential candidate is invalid, unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and of no effects whatsoever.
Meantime, the suit is yet to be assigned to any judge for hearing.
•Excerpted from Vanguard report
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