SUPREME COURT DISMISSES BUHARI, MALAMI’S SUIT AGAINST NEW ELECTORAL ACT
The lawsuit President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney-General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, brought to invalidate section 84(12) of the Electoral Act of 2022 was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Friday.
In a unanimous ruling, the seven-member panel of judges headed by Justice Muhammad Dattijo found that the supreme court lacked the authority to hear the case since it amounted to an abuse of the legal system.
Due to the type of relief requested, it was determined that President Buhari was not the appropriate party to submit such a lawsuit.
According to President Buhari and Malami, Section 84(12) of the Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2022, according to President Buhari and Malami, is in conflict with the provisions of Sections 42, 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 147, 151, 177, 182, and 196 of the Constitution as well as Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
The Plaintiffs sought, among other things, “a declaration that the joint and/or combined reading of Sections 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 151, 177, 182, 192, and 196 of the Constitution and the provision of Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, 2022, which also ignores Section 84(3) of the same Act, is an additional qualifying and/or disqualifying factor for the National Assembly, House of Assembly, Gubernatorial.
“A declaration that having regard to the clear provision of section 1(3) of the Constitution read together with section 4 of the same Constitution, the legislative powers vested in the defendant do not permit or empower it to make any other law prescribing additional qualifying/disqualifying grounds for election to the national assembly, house of assembly, gubernatorial and presidential election outside the express constitutional qualification and disqualification provisions as already provided in each or all of sections 65, 66, 106, 107, 131, 137, 147, 151, 177, 182, 192 and 196 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), and without amendment to any of those sections is for the reason of inconsistency, unconstitutional and therefore null and void.