Seven states of the federation have ended their action at the Supreme Court, where they sought an order from the Supreme Court to review the just concluded presidential elections.
Seven states comprising Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Taraba and Sokoto have approached the supreme court to challenge the conduct and subsequent mustering and declaration of the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The plaintiffs in the original summons marked: SC/CV/354/2023 specifically sought an order “directing a total review of all results so far announced by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which were conducted otherwise than as prescribed by the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022, By the INEC Elections Conduct Regulations and Guidelines, 2022; and INEC Manual for Electoral Officers.”
However, before the case could be brought up for a trial, the plaintiffs, through their counsel, filed a notice of discontinuance under the Supreme Court’s powers. A March 3 notice filed by Professor Mike Ozekhome, SAN, read: “Take notice that the plaintiffs hereby completely cease their action against the defendant.”
Although no reason has been given for the interruption, it is believed to be because the results have already been announced and the president-elect declared, thus the presidential office is the appropriate place to vent their grievances about the outcome of the election. Election Petition Tribunal. The suit filed by the Attorney Generals of the seven states was filed on February 28, barely hours before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the presidential election.
They presented their case on the basis that: “Collection of national election results from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory for the said 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections was not done by the mandatory provisions of the relevant sections of the Electoral Act, 2022; INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections, 2022 made by the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022; and INEC Manual for Electoral Officers, 2023.”
According to their lawyer, Ozekhome, representatives and officials of the Federal Government and INEC, failed to transmit the collated result as prescribed by the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act; INEC regulations and directives for the conduct of the 2022 elections; and the INEC Manual for Electoral Officers requiring the transmission of results using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), in clear violation of the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022; INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections, 2022; and INEC Manual for Electoral Officers, 2023.
According to their claim, “The failure to observe due process of law has led to widespread agitation, violent protests, resentment and dissent from a wide spectrum of the Nigerian populace, including international observers, political parties, well-meaning Nigerians. and former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
They further alleged that the large-scale violent protests, demonstrations and gatherings threatened the peace, order, good governance, safety and security of the plaintiffs.
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