Lagos lawyer, Itsede Okhai and non governmental organization under the eagis of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, on Monday, approached the Abuja and Lagos Division of the Federal High Court for an order of perpetual injunction to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from including President Muhammadu Buhari’s name in the 2019 presidential ballot paper.
The group, in its suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1228/2018, and FHC/L/CS/1765/18 contended that President Buhari was not validly nominated by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in accordance with provisions of the Section 91 (9) of the Electoral Act.
President Buhari was cited as the 1st Defendant in the matter, office of the President, the Attorney General of the Federation, the APC and INEC were sued as 2nd to 4th Defendants.
“A declaration that having regard to the clear provisions, spirit and tenor of section 91 (9) of the Electoral Act 2010, the nomination, selection and submission of the 1st Defendant’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the Presidential Candidate of the 4th defendant for the 2019 Presidential Election is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
“A declaration that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no legally and validly nominated presidential candidate for the 2019 Presidential ELECTION, having regard to the clear provisions, spirit and tenor of section 91 (9) of the Electoral Act 2010, As well as, “AN order of perpetual injunction restraining the 5th defendant (Independent National Electoral Commission) from recognizing, accepting and listing the 1st defendant’s name in the 2019 presidential ballot paper on the grounds that the 1st defendant’s nomination breached the clear provisions of the Section 91 (9) of the Electoral Act”.
“This thing Buhari is doing and walking away with, one day we will all see it in much clearer terms. If INEC is demanding WAEC certificate, why can’t Buhari approach WAEC for a reissue? Why does he keep telling us this story about the military? It is the silliest narrative ever out there.”