Third term for Buhari: APC chieftain makes U-turn, withdraws suit

An All Progressives Congress chieftain in Ebonyi state, Chief Charles Oko Enya who filed a suit seeking for an amendment of the constitution to allow Muhammadu Buhari run for a third term, on Wednesday, made a u-turn and withdrew the suit.
Enya had approached the court asking it to amend the sections of the 1999 constitution which will empower President Muhammadu Buhari and some governors to seek for 3rd tenure in 2023.

However, findings by The PUNCH revealed that the applicant received opposition from many quarters including his party which allegedly threatened to disown or expel him if he continued with the matter.

The APC accused Enya of championing his personal interest and not that of the generality of the party.

The applicant had approached the court seeking for the amendment of section 137(1) (b) and 182 (1) (b) in the 1999 constitution (as amended).

The suit, FHC/AI/CS/90/19 was filed on 20th November 2019, with Justice Akintayo Aluko presiding over the matter.

But the suit was withdrawn yesterday by counsel to the applicant, Mr. Iheanachor Agboti and was approved by the court.

“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.

Counsel to the applicant told the court that his reasons for withdrawing the suit was not his personal decision but that of his client.

“I have the instruction of my client to withdraw the suit so as to allow further consultation”, he said.

Written by Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki, published on Punch Newspapers