Supreme Court set to rule on controversial Electoral Act

THE SUPREME COURT HAS STRUCK OUT A SUIT FILED AGAINST SECTION 84(12) OF THE ELECTORAL ACT, 2022, BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION (AGF) AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE ABUBAKAR MALAMI.

IN A UNANIMOUS DECISION BY A SEVEN-MAN PANEL LED BY JUSTICE MUHAMMAD DATTIJO, THE SUPREME COURT HELD THAT IT LACKED THE JURISDICTION TO ENTERTAIN THE SUIT.

THE APEX COURT ALSO HELD THAT THE SUIT AMOUNTED TO AN ABUSE OF THE JUDICIAL PROCESS.

THE SUPREME COURT FURTHER HELD THAT BUHARI WAS NOT A PROPER PERSON TO APPROACH IT WITH SUCH A SUIT, OWING TO THE NATURE OF THE RELIEFS SOUGHT.

DELIVERING THE LEAD JUDGMENT, JUSTICE AOKMAYE AGIM NOTED THAT BUHARI, HAVING EARLIER ASSENTED TO SECTION 84(12) OF THE ELECTORAL ACT 2022, CANNOT TURN AROUND TO APPROACH THE COURT TO STRIKE IT DOWN.