The National Judicial Council has filed a petition filed by aggrieved members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, alleging reluctance by Judge Evelyn Anyadike of a Umuahia Federal Supreme Court to hear their case filed with her.
A copy of the petition made available to DAILY POST by the lawyer on Friday to aggrieved members of PDP, Nnamdi U. Nwokocha Aaaiwe, complained that the case was unnecessarily delayed, fearing that justice would elude them in those circumstances.
A copy of the petition recognized by the office of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) explained that the case before the Federal Supreme Court was a matter that should have been given an accelerated pre-election decision. hearing, but the reverse was the case.
The petitioners pointed out that the court had already ruled on the 2022 electoral law in Umuahia, which annulled the exercise of the National Assembly in a case between Mr Ndudi Nwagbara and six others against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). .
The development, they said, required their writing to the Chief Judge of the Federal Supreme Court on July 27, 2022, but there was no action.
According to them, another article was forwarded to the Chief Judge of the Federal Supreme Court on August 15, 2022, with no response.
Part of the petition read: “Reading the above communication will show that the gravity of our complaint is that it violates the express and existing guidelines of both the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Practice Directions issued by the Chief Judge of the Federal Supreme Court, our case was adjourned from July 21, 2022 to September 30, 2022 by the Federal Supreme Court 1, Umuahia, which went on vacation, in violation of existing guidelines that all courts hearing pre-election cases may not go on vacation until they have completed the cases pending before them that should be handled on a daily basis.”
The petitioners said the first and second defendants had yet to appear four months later, raising fears that something strange might happen.
“Given that the court hearing, the judge’s case had proceeded on vacation in violation of existing guidelines, we have requested the chief judge of the Federal Supreme Court of Nigeria to assign the case to a holiday court in Nigeria for a hearing in view of the various steps that still need to be taken in this regard.
The lawyer said that members of the party [claimants] are hindered by the development by which their opponents have subjected them to ridicule.
They also cited the passage of time as an opportunity their political opponents are waiting to seize.
“By September 30, 2022, when the hearing in the case resumes if nothing urgent is done, there will be barely a month and nine days to pass the constitutionally regulated lifespan of the case.
They called for the intervention of the acting CJN and demanded expedited handling of the case due to time constraints.
Lawyer requests NJC for alleged delay in handling party cases in court