The case was withdrawn by Mr. Charles Enya, chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who filed a lawsuit seeking a constitutional amendment to allow President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors to pursue a third term in office.
He said the withdrawal was to allow for further consultations.
Enya in a suit no FHC / AI / CS/90/19 approached the Federal High Court in Abakiliki seeking to amend section 137(1)(b) and section 182(1)(b) of the Nigerian Constitution to allow the President and the Governors of the State to hold a third term.
The applicant’s counsel, Iheanachor Agboti, told the court that on his client’s instruction, Enya, he was withdrawing the suit.
“I have the instruction of my Client to withdraw the suit so as to allow further consultation”, he told the Court.
Ruling on the application, the presiding judge, Justice Akintayo Aluko, granted the application and therefore struck out the suit.
“Upon the application of the learned counsel for the applicant for the withdrawal of this suit, I say may the case be struck out”, Justice Aluko ruled. APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, threatened legal action against Enya in a press statement.
“The president said that if the APC fails after his second term, history would not be fair to leaders. What better proof is needed of the President’s determination to comply with the term limit constitution?
“By this declaration, however, the Party sends a strong signal to such other busy bodies as Charles Enya who may be considering checking our government’s commitment on our quest to strive for the best for our country to be willing to face the law.”