The Supreme Court suit between the 6 states and AG Federation, filed following the manual collation of results contrary to the explicit provisions of the Electoral Act, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Guidelines and Regulations and the manual for INEC officials, has been discontinued.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) gathered that the suit was discontinued because it has been overtaken by events since the results have already been announced and a President-elect declared.
According to the counsel to the Applicant, Mike Ozekhome’s Chambers, the discontinued suit will now be a Tribunal matter.
Recall that seven states under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Taraba, and Sokoto – filed a suit against the Federal Government at the Supreme Court challenging the declaration of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu as president-elect, have discontinued the suit.
The Notice of Discontinuance which was signed by their lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, says “Take notice that the plaintiffs doth hereby wholly discontinue this suit against the defendant herein”.
In the earlier suit which had the Attorneys-General of the states as plaintiffs and the Attorney General of the Federation as a defendant, the seven states had asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the just concluded general elections as they claimed that the declaration of Tinubu did not follow the Electoral Act and INEC’s own laid down guidelines, particularly the uploading of results to the iREV through the Bimodal Accreditation System (BVAS).