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APPLICABILITY OF INTERPRETATION ACT IN CONSTRUING LIMITATION PERIOD IN PRE-ELECTION MATTERS
Indeed Mr. Anuga for the 1st respondent and Mr. Numa for the 2nd respondent are the correct state of affairs in matters such as the one at hand and in the light of the prevailing circumstances well settled, there was no jurisdiction in trial court to adjudicate, hence, the holding of the court below on the lack of jurisdiction which fundamental vice has visited the apex court leaving it without option than to say there is jurisdiction and there is no use going into the Interpretation Act and section 318 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to which learned Silk and appellant is pushing for as neither the Interpretation Act and section 318 of the CFRN is applicable.
Per Mary Peter-Odili JSC (Rtd) in Senator Heinekein Lokpobiri v. All Progressives Congress & 2 Ors (2021) 3 NWLR PT. 1764 PG 538 @ 547 paragraph C-E
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We are pleased to have represented the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Commission) in a Contentious Litigation before the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Sitting in Abuja Nigeria Coram: Kutigi .J in suit No: FCT/CV/ 475/2018 in matter instituted by Spanish Attorney; Ramon Trillo Maquina claiming professional fees from his representation of the Commission in an LCIA Arbitration in London.
Under the old dispensation of the Electoral Act, 2011, there was universal locus standi to any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that the information supplied by a candidate in his FORM CF001 are false or has submitted forged documents of a fundamental nature that impairs his constitutional qualification, and can approach the Federal High Court, High Court of a State or High Court of the Federal Capital Territory to seek an order of disqualification.