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Electoral Act: Supreme Court fixes May 19 for Executive-NASS suit

THE Supreme Court has invited President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it on Thursday, May 19 for a hearing in a suit he instituted against the National Assembly challenging Section 84 (12) of the 2022 Electoral Act.

Also invited to be in court on the same day are the National Assembly and its leadership to defend various constitutional breaches raised against them by the Presidency.

A hearing notice issued by the apex court indicated that the invitation to President Buhari was served on him through his private lawyer, Prince Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi (SAN)

By implications, Fagbemi, is to profer arguments against the National Assembly on the invalidity and unconstitutionality of Section 84 (12) of the new Electoral Act.

The suit filed on April 29 is marked; SC/ CV/ 504/2022 and has President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN as plaintiffs, while the National Assembly is the sole respondent.

NaijaTimes gathered that the Supreme Court took notice of the affidavit of urgency in support of the originating summons filed by Buhari, hence, the resolution to give it a speedy hearing.

It was also gathered that the National Assembly upon receipt of the hearing notice through its Legal Department, contacted a legal luminary, Adegboyega Awomolo SAN to lead its defence in the suit but details could not be obtained.

At the time of this report, it could not ascertain if the legal giant will stand for the NASS to justify the inclusion of the contentious section in the new Electoral Act.

Meanwhile, NaijaTimes learnt that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has put in place, a seven-man panel of justices of the Court to do justice to the constitutional issues from both sides of the two parties.

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