By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
This Supreme Court today fixed December 16 for hearing an appeal filed by a Peoples Democratic Party PDP chieftain, Dr. Umar Ardo challenging the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja division which refused to join him as a party in an appeal filed by one Cyriacus Njoku.
The apex court fixed the date against the background that nomination of candidates by political parties will close on December 18.
It would be recalled that Njoku had approached an Abuja High Court in 2012 to stop Jonathan from re-contesting in 2015, but Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi on March 1 dismissed the suit for lack of jurisdiction.
Not satisfied, Njoku proceeded to the Court of Appeal.
It was at the Court of Appeal that Ardo sought to be joined as co-appellant but was refused.
The court stopped Ardo from joining in the appeal on ground that he was not a party at the lower court.
Not satisfied, he approached the apex court.
Joined as respondents alongside President Jonathan, PDP, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and Cyriacus Njoku.
When the matter came up today, counsel to Jonathan, Ade Okeaya-Inneh SAN told the court that he had responded to the appellant’s brief.
Counsel to second respondent, C.I Paul and fourth respondent, O.O Obla prayed the court for a short adjournment in order to respond to the appellant’s submissions.
Counsel to INEC, Al-Hassan Umar however told the court that he would remain neutral and abide by whatever the decision of the court is.
The presiding Judge, Justice Tanko Mohammed later adjourned till December 16 for hearing.
He however ordered parties to file and serve their responses within seven days.