Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja has agreed to an acceleratd hearing of suit seeking to bar President Goodluck Jonathan from participating in next year’s presidential election.
Ruling yesterday on the exparte application argued by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Abiodum Owonikoko (SAN), the judge held that the case will be heard weekly.
Owonikoko had urged the court to fix hearing for “the earliest possible date,” in line with the Supreme Court’s practice direction, which directs a quick determination of election related cases.
Although Mohammed adjourned the matter till November 12, he said the order of accelerated hearing will take effect after the mandatory 30 days within which the respondents are to respond to the suit.
In the alternative, he said the order of accelerated hearing could take effect earlier if the respondents were able to respond earlier.
The respondents are Independent National Electoral Commission and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), they were not represented at Monday’s proceedings.
The suit was filed by Adejumo Mansoura Ajagbe, who claimed to be a member of the People Democratic Party in Lagos State, and Olatoye Wahab who claimed to be member of All Progressive Congress (APC).
The plaintiffs primarily seek to restrain INEC and the AGF from allowing Jonathan to participate in 2015 election, and argued that the president had contested the election for presidency twice.