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Electoral Sequence: Court rejects APP application seeking to be joined in suit

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by the Action Peoples Party seeking to be joined in a suit attempting to stop the National Assembly from altering the 2019 general election sequence.

The applicant is asking to be joined on the grounds that the reliefs being sought by the plaintiff will affect the interest of the Action People’s Party if granted.

The presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed dismissed the application and held that the party seeking to be joined can institute a fresh suit instead of being joined as the defendant.

The Accord Party instituted the legal action challenging the constitutionality of the ongoing amendment of the Electoral Act by the National Assembly.

The court had earlier restrained the National Assembly from taking any further action on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which President Muhammadu Buhari declined his assent, pending the determination of the suit filed before it by Accord Party

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami who is the 2nd defendant in the was present in court. Attempt made to get the reaction of not successful as he declined to speak.

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