Appeal court adjourns hearing on change of election sequence

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The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has adjourned hearing in a suit challenging the ruling of a Federal High Court which set aside the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act. A three-man panel of the court led by Justice Abubakar Yahaya told the parties in the case on Thursday that a full court would be constituted to hear the suit, as their panel cannot hear the appeal. The counsel to the National Assembly, Mr Joseph Daudu, said the issue before the court was very urgent. He told the court that suit torched on matters of the coming general elections and as such, time was important.

Daudu stressed that urgency was much more intense, as not having a pronouncement could make anyone want to challenge the bill. In his submission, counsel to the Accord Party Wole Olanipekun told the court that there was nothing urgent about the appeal to warrant parties to return to the court when the Appeal Court was headed for its annual vacation. He, therefore, urged the court to adjourn the case till the next legal year.

In a short ruling, Justice Yahaha adjourned the case till a date to be communicated to the parties, for a full panel to be constituted.