- Prior to this, Buhari and Malami filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court seeking an interpretation of Section 84(12) of the Election Amendment Act of 2022
- They are seeking a Supreme Court order to scrap the section of the election law because they say it is inconsistent with the nation’s constitution
- In a recent move, the Supreme Court Rules Stayed Case in Lawsuit Filed by President Muhammadu Buhari and AGF Abubakar Malami to Overturn Provisions of Section 84(12) of Elections Law of 2022
The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in a lawsuit brought by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation for an interpretation of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Law of 2022, Channels TV reports.
The seven-member committee u Led by Judge Mohammed Dattijo, says the date will be shared with parties to the lawsuit.
The Apex Court reached this conclusion after considering the parties’ arguments and accepted their cases.
The Court Case
At the case on Thursday 26th the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) submitted an application to be included as interested parties.
APGA declined, however, withdrew its application for membership, which the Apex Court later denied.
However, the NBA stood firm and insisted that Nigerians were not represented in the lawsuit, so it decided to join the matter.
The defendants in the lawsuit
In the lawsuit, the accused were the National Assembly, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Rivers State Attorney General, for this reason, the NBA insisted on representing the interests of Nigerians by joining the lawsuit.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Cou nsel
President Muhammadu Buhari’s attorney Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) opposed the NBA’s request to be included in the lawsuit as either an interested party or amicus curiae.
< p class="align-left">Fagbemi declined to join the NBA as amicus curiae on the matter, insisting she had an opinion and was already taking sides on the matter.
Finally, plaintiff’s counsel conceded the application to join the NBA as amicus curiae, emphasizing that his comments on the matter would be solely an interpretation of the aforementioned Section 84(12) and not a membership issue.
The panel entered into a The NBA’s brief decision as an amicus curiae at
An amicus curiae is an impartial adviser to a court of law on a particular case.
Rivers’ attorney speaks
Rivers’ attorney with Rivers State House of Assembly Speaker and State Attorney General Emmanuel Ukala, citing the Supreme Court Additional Jurisdictions Act, said Buhari lacked the Authority to bring such a lawsuit as he is not directly affected by Section 84  of the Elections Act.
He said the appointees affected by said Elections Act had the lawsuit for disfellowshipping to exercise their rights.
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