Well-Meaning Nigerians of voting age residing in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world have taken President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking to have their fundamental right to vote in the 2023 general elections enforced.
The Nigerians in Diaspora are requesting that the court halt Buhari and INEC from proceeding with the 2023 electioneering process until INEC’s voter register and bio-data base are amended to include them them as registered voters.
It was gathered that the complaint was filed on behalf of other Nigerians in the diaspora and around the world by Barrister Chikwe Nkemnacho and Kenneth Azubuike Nkemnacho, both of whom live in the United Kingdom.
However,on their behalf, Augustine Temfeh-Nkemnacho filed the petition asking the court to declare that they are entitled to participate in the electoral process by being registered to vote in 2023 and in all elections globally, in accordance with sections 13, 14, 42, and 17 of the 1999 Constitution.
The plaintiffs further requested that the court issue another ruling stating that INEC still has enough time to comply with sections 13, 14, and 15 of the 1999 Constitution.
They argued that if they are not allowed to vote in the 2023 elections and subsequent ones, their fundamental rights under the 1999 Constitution will be violated.
The defendants’ responses will be due on January 19, 2023, according to Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo, who is assigned to hear the case.
INEC, the Chairman of INEC, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria are the first to fourth defendants in the suit.