The Supreme Court of Nigeria will issue its ruling on the legality or otherwise of the contentious section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022 today, on Friday.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on the suit President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and the Minister of Justice filed against the National Assembly.
The apex Court will announce its verdict this morning,
It was learnt that Buhari and the National Assembly received the notice on Thursday, inviting them to appear before the court today for their judgment.
The suit is the only one up for determination today, it was further observed.
Buhari and Abubakar Malami had filed the suit at the Supreme Court, seeking an interpretation of the contentious clause in the Electoral Amendment Act 2022.
The National Assembly was listed as the only defendant in the suit, which was filed on April 29 by plaintiffs Buhari and Malami.
Section 84 (12) has been a subject of intense litigation and political debate in Nigeria since President Buhari signed the amended Electoral Act 2022 into law in February this year.
Shortly after signing it into law, Buhari had asked the parliament to delete the controversial clause in the Electoral Act, but the National Assembly declined the president’s request.
According to Section 84 (12) of the legislation, “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”