The Supreme Court has dismissed a suit filed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami challenging the legality of of the controversial section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022.
In a judgment delivered on Friday by Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, the action of Buhari in instituting the case was declared as a gross abuse of court.
The Supreme Court seven-member panel was headed by Justice Musa Dattijo Mohammed.
The court held that the president was instrumental in making the law by assenting to it and said it was not possible to make a U-turn.
Besides, the court held that Buhari had no power under any law to dictate to the National Assembly on law making.
“The President lacks the power to direct the National Assembly to amend or enact an act..it violates the principle of separation of powers.
“There is no part of the Constitution that makes the exercise of legislative powers subject to the directive of the President,” the court said.