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SUPREME COURT ALLOWS RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT AND RIVERS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TO BE PARTIES IN THE ELECTORAL ACT SUIT BEFORE IT

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT AND RIVERS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TO BE PARTIES IN THE ELECTORAL ACT SUIT BEFORE IT

The Supreme Court has granted leave for the Rivers State Government and Rivers State House of Assembly to be parties in the suit filed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN.
The seven man panel of justices headed by Justice Mohammad Musa Dattijo granted the application of the Joinders in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Malami, SAN who are plaintiffs in this matter are challenging the inclusion of Section 84(12) in the Electoral Act 2022.
Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022 bars political appointees from being a delegate as well as voting and being voted at the primaries and National Conventions of political parties.
The defendant in this matter is the National Assembly.
The Apex court granted the leave of the court for the parties seeking to be joined in the matter as interested parties.
The Court also ruled that all court processes and replies should be concluded before next week Wednesday.
This will give the court the jurisdiction to look into the matter.
At the next adjourned date, Counsel in the matter will take their turn one after the other to adumbrate and adopt their final written addresses.
Barring any odds, the Apex Court will give its verdict after the hearing of the matter next week Thursday ,26th May,2022.

The Supreme Court is serving at the court of first instance in this matter.

The National Assembly as the Defendant in the suit has raised preliminary objection on the process describing it as an abuse of Court process.

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