Judge absent from Peter Obi supporters’ suit on INEC stoppage of voter registration

The absence of Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, stalled the suit on Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) scheduled for Tuesday.

The case was filed by the Peter Obi Support Network (POSN) on August 4.

The litigants are seeking to compel INEC to continue the voter registration exercise till at least November 2022.

The reason for the judge’s absence was not disclosed by the court, but the 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs were present.

At the last sitting on September 20, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to file a response to the suit.

The electoral umpire pleaded with the court to fill their response and the court adjourned till October 4.

The plaintiffs insist INEC was wrong to have stopped the CVR until at least 90 days to the 2023 general election.

Their suit, FHC/ABJ/CS/1342/2022, filed by a law firm, Ikechukwu Ezechukwu (SAN) & Co., argued that the abrupt termination would disenfranchise millions of eligible voters.

The suit wants an order compelling INEC to reverse its directive which halted the registration on July 31, as it was outside the timeline provided by the Electoral Act 2022 as amended.

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