February 3, 2023
Church Elder Asks Court To Stop Saturday Elections, Exams
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Church Elder Asks Court To Stop Saturday Elections, Exams

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Ahead of the February 25 presidential election, an elder of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church, Ugochukwu Uchenwa, has filed legal action before a Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an order to stop the conduct of elections on Saturdays.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Uchenwa is also seeking a court order stopping the conduct of examinations on Saturdays, arguing that it violates his fundamental rights to freedom of worship as a citizen.

He asked the court to declare the fixing of elections and examinations on Saturdays unconstitutional.

In the alternative, the plaintiff asked the court to order the defendants to allow him and other members of his church to vote or take examinations on any other day of the week including Sundays.

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Listed as defendants in the suit are President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Others are the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examinations (JAMB), National Examination Council (NECO), West African Examination Council, (WAEC) and the National Business and Technical Examination Board.

When the matter was called on Thursday, only the counsel for the plaintiff, Benjamin Amaefule, was present in court.

Mr Amaefule told the court that the defendants had been served with the court processes except for NECO.

The lawyer told the court that he was at a loss as to why none of the defendants was in court.

Justice James Omotosho adjourned the matter until March 15 for a hearing and to allow the plaintiff to serve NECO the court processes.

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