By Ruth Oginyi
The suit filed by a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Charles Enya, seeking the amendment of the constitution to enable President Muhammadu Buhari and governors to seek third term in office has been withdrawn.
Council to the plaintiff Barr. Iheanachor Agboti made the appeal for the suit withdrawal on Wednesday and was approved by the court.
Enya had approached a Federal High Court in Abakiliki seeking for the amendment of section 137(1) (b) and 182 (1) (b) in the 1999 constitution (as amended).
He maintained that the sections were infringement on the fundamental human right for freedom for the likes of President Muhammadu Buhari and governors who might seek for third tenure in office.
The suit marked FHC/AI/CS/90/19 had not been heard since it was filed 20th November, 2019, until its Wednesday’s withdrawal.
Justice Akintayo Aluko approved the prayer of the petitioner’s lawyer for withdrawal on Wednesday when the matter came for mentioning at the Federal high Court 2, Abakiliki.
“Upon the application of the learned counsel for the applicant for the withdrawal of this suit, I say may the case be stroke out”, Justice Aluko said.
The three (3) defendants originally joined in the suit; Clerk of the National assembly, Mr Mohamed Sani-Omolori, National Assembly and the Attorney General of the Federation, Justice Abubakar Malami were absent in court.
“I have the instruction of my client to withdraw the suit so as to allow further consultation”, the lawyer to the plaintiff told the court.
With this recent development at the court, it is now obvious that the applicant has bowed to pressure to renege from the course.
Plans by some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress both in Abuja and in Ebonyi state to expel the applicant from the party if he fails to withdrew the matter from court.
Enya, an APC member in Ebonyi State, was the Organising Secretary to President Muhammadu Buhari campaign group during the last general elections.
However, President Buhari had already dismissed running for a third term in office.