A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, Abuja has dismissed a legal action instituted against the conduct of the Nigerian Bar Association’s 2016 General Election. Justice Olukayode Adeniyi who dismissed the suit said that the plaintiff, John Unachukwu Austin lacks the locus standi to institute the action against the NBA on the grounds of uncertainties in his name and documents he placed before the Court.
The plaintiff, John Unachukwu Austin, had dragged the NBA and five others before the Abuja High Court, challenging his disqualification from contesting the association’s election insisting that the disqualification was unwarranted and has no justification. But in a judgement that lasted over two hours, Justice Adeniyi upheld the arguement of the NBA that the plaintiff was not the person disqualified by its Electoral Committee from contesting for the office of the National Publicity Secretary.
The Court agrees with the NBA position that the plaintiff who in some documents claimed to be John Unachukwu Austin, cannot be the same person with a name Unachukwu John Austin in the face of the law.