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Supreme Court Reserves Judgement On 2022 Electoral Act

Supreme Court has reserved judgement in a suit seeking an interpretation of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

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The suit was filed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation.

The Seven man panel led by Justice Mohammed Dattijo said the date will be communicated to the parties involved in the suit.

The Supreme Court arrived at this conclusion, after taking arguments from parties and adopting their processes.

Meanwhile, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), brought an application, seeking to be joined as interested parties at the proceedings on Thursday,

APGA later opted out for withdrawal of its application, asking for joinder which was subsequently struck out by the Apex Court.

On the other hand, the NBA stood firm, insisting that Nigerians do not have representation in the suit, that is why it has opted to join the matter.

The defendants in the suit are the National Assembly, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, and the Attorney General of Rivers State; on account of this, the NBA insisted it is to represent the interest of Nigerians by joining the suit.

Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Counsel to President Muhammadu Buhari objected to the application of the NBA to be joined either as an interested party or as amicus curiae in the suit, insisting it holds an opinion and is taking sides on the matter already.

The plaintiff counsel eventually conceded to the application for NBA to be joined as amicus curiae, stressing its submissions on the matter will be strictly on giving an interpretation of the said Section 84 (12) and not join issues.

The panel in a short ruling joined the NBA as an Amicus curi is an impartial adviser to a court of law in a particular case.

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