Nigerians of voting age residing in the UK and in various parts of the world have taken President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking the application of their fundamental rights to the vote in the 2023 general elections.
In the lawsuit marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/2119/2022, they ask the court to prevent Buhari and INEC from continuing with the 2023 election process until INEC’s voter registration and biographical databases are updated to accommodate them. as registered voters.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Barrister Chikwe Nkemnacho and Kenneth Azubuike Nkemnacho, both of whom are residents of the United Kingdom, but brought the lawsuit on behalf of other Nigerians in the diaspora around the world.
In the lawsuit filed on their behalf by Augustine Temfeh-Nkemnacho, they ask that the court declare that they have the right to participate in the electoral process by being registered to vote in 2023 and in all elections wherever they are domiciled throughout the world according with Sections 13, 14, 42 and 17 of the 1999 Constitution.
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The plaintiffs also seek a declaration from the court that there is still sufficient time for INEC to comply with the provisions of Sections 13, 14 and 15 of the 1999 Constitution.
They claimed that unless they are allowed to vote in the 2023 and subsequent elections, their fundamental rights enshrined in the 1999 Constitution would be seriously violated.
Judge Inyang Ekwo, who is in charge of the lawsuit, which has INEC, President of INEC, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the first to fourth defendants respectively, set January 19. of 2023 for its mention and allow the defendants to present their respective responses.