The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a lawsuit in Abuja’s Federal High Court, contesting new attempts to tamper with the newly modified Electoral Act, which was just passed into law.
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Clerk of the National Assembly, Senate Leader, House of Representatives Leader, and the Independent National Electoral Commission are among those who have joined the complaint (INEC).
Deputy Senate President, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Deputy Senate Leader, and Deputy House of Representatives Leader are also named as defendants in the FHC/ABJ/CS/247/2022 lawsuit.
The PDP’s suit, filed by their lawyer, James Ogwu Onoja (SAN), asks the court for an interim injunction prohibiting Buhari and the other defendants from refusing to implement the duly signed Electoral Act or preventing the Electoral Act from being used in any way, including the provisions of section 84 (12) of the said Act, pending the outcome of the case.
The PDP also asked the court to issue an injunction preventing the National Assembly from acting on President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to repeal Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act or taking any other action that would render the provision ineffective pending the outcome of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
The PDP claims that because Buhari signed the bill on February 25, 2022, he cannot order the National Assembly to take immediate action to repeal the clause or any other portion of the Act for any reason.