Elec­tion se­quence: Court of Ap­peal ad­journs hear­ing in­def­i­nitely

Daily Trust - - POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

The Court of Ap­peal in Abuja has ad­journed in­def­i­nitely hear­ing over the re­order­ing of the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions by the Na­tional Assem­bly.

Jus­tice Abubakar Datti Ya­haya ad­journed the suit yes­ter­day af­ter lis­ten­ing to the submissions of lawyers in the mat­ter. He how­ever asked the lawyers to choose a date for the hear­ing.

Coun­sel to Ac­cord Party, Wole Ola­nipekun (SAN), the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), Femi Falana (SAN) and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, Ti­jani Gaza­lli, had all asked the court to or­der the Na­tional Assem­bly to with­draw the ap­peal as the amend­ment of the sec­tion of the Elec­toral Bill on the elec­tion se­quence is al­ready be­fore Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari for as­sent.

But coun­sel to the Na­tional Assem­bly, Joseph Daudu (SAN) had asked the court to hear the mat­ter ur­gency in the mat­ter, ar­gu­ing that the law­mak­ers were not yet done with the amend­ment.

A Fed­eral High Court in Abuja had in April nul­li­fied the amend­ment of Sec­tion 25 of the Elec­toral Act, which was passed in Fe­bru­ary by the Na­tional Assem­bly.

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