Charles Enya, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State, filed a lawsuit amending the constitution to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to serve for the third term
According to Daily Trust, Enya, who served as Buhari’s organizing secretary during the 2019 general election, filed the case (FHC / AI / CS / 90/19) before a federal high court in Abakaliki, the state’s capital.
In his petition, Enya said the two-term term given to presidents and governors is “discriminatory.”
He asked Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the Federation and the National Assembly, to remove constitutional clauses that prevent the elected presidents and governors from electing a third term in office.
The defendants in the case include Mohammed Sani-Omolori, minister of the National Assembly, the National Assembly; and Malami.
The petition reads in part: “Section 137 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states that“ a person cannot be qualified to be the President of office if he elects to such office at any two previous elections
‘Whereas section 182 (1) (b) provides that’ no person shall be eligible for election to the office of governor of a State if he has been elected to such office at any two previous elections.
“That section 137 (1) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), which limits the president to only two terms of four years each, is not in force on the basis of the discriminatory nature of the executive and legislative branches of government in Nigeria, and therefore null and void ”.
“I seek an order of the court that nullifies and overrides sections 137 (1) (b) and 182 (1) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“And the order for the first and second defendants to delete and delete Articles 137 (1) (b) and 182 (1) (b) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution (as amended).”
However, Buhari was remembered saying on Friday that he is not in office for a third term.
The president said at the National Executive Council meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja that age as well as the country’s constitution prevented him from approaching a third term.
The president said: ‘I’m not going to make the mistake of trying to do a third term. Except for the century, I swore by the holy book that I would go through the constitution, and the constitution said two terms. ‘