The suit challenging President Goodluck Jonathan’s eligibility would be heard by the Supreme Court on 16 December. The court, on Monday, announced the hearing date after accepting the plaintiff’s appeal, Umar Ardo. Ardo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from Adamawa State, wants the court to stop Jonathan from participating in next year’s presidential election. He is also contesting that the refusal to join him as an interested party in a similar suit against Jonathan by one Cyriacus Njoku, also of the PDP.
While Jonathan’s lawyer, Ade Okeaya-Inneh, a senior advocate, informed the court he had sufficient authorities to defend his client’s eligibility for the election, the PDP, also joined in the suit, asked for time to file its response . The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, also a respondent, told the court it would rather be neutral and abide by the decision of the court. Justice Tanko Mohammed, who sat over the panel of Supreme Court justices in the matter, gave both the plaintiff and respondents seven days to file and exchange their written arguments.