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Group asks court to stop appointment of Prof. Adam to INEC

Tochukwu Ohazulike, counsel to the plaintiff

A Civil Society Organisation under the aegis of Patriotic Youth Organization of Nigeria has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate to court, challenging the appointment of Professor Sani Adam as a National Electoral Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The suit lodged at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, was filed on behalf of the group by Tochukwu Ohazulike.

Prof Adam is the 3rd Defendant in the suit.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Ohazulike, is praying for an order of court directing the 1st and 2nd defendants to immediately commence the process of the removal of the 3rd defendant for being unfit for the position of National Electoral Commissioner of INEC.

He added that the 3rd defendant was a man of questionable integrity and unfit to be appointed as a National Electoral Commissioner.

The Plaintiff, among other things, is also asking the court to declare that the appointment of the 3rd defendant as a National Electoral Commissioner is in clear violation of the Provision of the Third Schedule, Part 1, Paragraph 14 (1 & 2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), and as such illegal, null and void.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor