The number of cases filed by President Goodluck Jonathan aiming to abort the 2015 election has increased to 10, according to SaharaReporters investigations.
Of this number, three are targeted at stopping the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting the elections.
One of the latest cases was filed directly by the Attorney General of Plateau State and 28 others, seeking an order of the Federal High Court to prevent INEC from using the electoral register recently updated using Personal Voter Cards. The suit, titled Plateau State Government & 28 others V INEC, wants the commission to use the same voter register that was used in 2011.
Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, is President Jonathan’s Man Friday who heads the President’s faction of the Nigeria Governors Forum.
Other cases were filed by:
Selekaye Victor Ben, and targets the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress party, Muhammad Buhari and the Nigerian Army. Filed on February 11, the case seeks an order of the court to strip Buhari of all military entitlements and another order that would put Buhari under arrest.
“Presidential View and Endorsement Platform”, led by one Barrister Smart Iheazor, combines both Buhari and INEC. It contends that Buhari’s name on the West African School Certificate certificate recently released by his school in Katsina is different from his current name.
Sergin Onuka Ibe, accusing Buhari of filing a false deposition with INEC; he seeks an order barring INEC and the APC from fielding Buhari as candidate in the 2015 election.
An unspecified litigant, who accuses Buhari of being in possession of a false party card in which he claims to be a “civil servant”.
Barrister Friday Ojealaro, claiming that Buhari is not clear and unambiguous, and should be disqualified;
Shield Jones Ufot V Buhari, filing a criminal complaint against Buhari before a Magistrate court in Abuja
Chukwunweike Okafor, against Buhari, APC and INEC, arguing that Buhari be disqualified and APC name struck out from partaking in the general election.
“Society for Advancement And Protection of Public Rights”, which asks the court to disallow the use of card readers and nullify the ongoing continuous voter registration; and
Philip Agbese against INEC, seeking postponement of the the elections until PVCs are provided to all registered voters.
SaharaReporters has further learnt that these cases were mostly assigned to one Justice Adeniyi Ademola at the Federal High Court in Abuja. It is unclear why all the cases have been handed to one judge, but Justice Ademola is believed to be working hand in hand with President Jonathan to spring a surprise.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the same court had earlier received some of the cases but our sources said the President’s men wrote a petition against him.