Edo State, Sokoto and five others have filed a notice before the Supreme Court, to discontinue its suit challenging the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
We earlier reported that Edo, Delta, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Taraba, and Sokoto State had on February 28, filed a suit before the apex court, seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to review the results of last Saturday’s election.
Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who filed the suit on behalf of the Attorneys-General of the States as plaintiffs, had argued that there was a flagrant breach of the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022; the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections, 2022; and the INEC Manual for Election Officials, 2023, requiring transmission of the collated result of the February 25 polls, directly at the polling units by the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
In the originating summons marked: SC/CV/354/2023, the plaintiffs sought an order of the apex court, “directing a holistic review of all results so far announced by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which were carried out other than through the manner prescribed by the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022, the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections, 2022; and the INEC Manual for Election Officials”.
However, the Plaintiffs on Friday, applied to the apex court to discontinue the suit
The “Notice of Discontinuance” , was signed by their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN).
Dated March 3, 2023, the notice reads: “Take notice that the plaintiffs doth hereby wholly discontinue this suit against the defendant herein.”