The Court of Appeal in Abuja has scheduled February 22, 2022, for the appeal hearing of a suit seeking to annul the 2019 elections that declared President Muhammadu Buhari as President.
The Trustees of the Civil Society Observatory for Constitutional and Legal Compliance (CSOCLC) is arguing that if the court sides with their arguments, Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice-President who took second place in the 2019 General Elections, should be sworn in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
During the hearing, a three-member panel of justices led by Justice Peter Ige ordered that court papers be served on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC), and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nnamdi Ahaiwe, counsel for the petitioners in the case, told the court that the respondents were correctly served with the processes and signed on the back during the initial hearing on January 14.
Justice Ige said, “file afresh and serve the respondents. The law enjoins us to see real prof of service.”
“An order directing the 1st Defendant/Respondent (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return to the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, issued to the 3rd Defendant/Respondent (President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR);
“An order directing the 1st Defendant/Respondent (INEC) to issue a new Certificate of Return in respect of the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) being the candidate who came second in the 2019 General Elections to the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”