2019: Seventh Day Adventist Church Sues INEC
A Port Harcourt High Court in Rivers State has adjourned to December 18 for motion into a fundamental Human Rights case involving members of Seventh Day Adventist Church against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attorney General of the Federation, and the federal government.
The members of the church, Emeka Anyabelem, Elder Asonye Onwudebe, Felix Minikwu and Chinedu Omesurum are in court to compel INEC and federal government to change the day and date of the 2019 general elections.
INEC had fixed the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 16 2019 while Saturday March 2 was scheduled for the Governorship and State Assembly elections.
The four members of the Seventh Day Adventist, who are the applicants to this suit said fixing elections on those days is an infringement on their fundamental rights of freedom of Religion as guaranteed in the Nigerian constitution.
They worship on Saturdays.
The applicants also asked the court to give an injunction restraining INEC from conduction the 2019 general elections as scheduled or any other election on a Saturday which is the worship day of the four members of Seventh Day Adventist (applicants) and other fellow members across the country.
They applicants also demanded fifty million naira general damages for the infringement on their Fundamental Rights of Freedom of Religion.
The counsel to the applicants Ahamefule Owurre said the court will adopt the motions on the adjourned date.
He said his clients were in court to enforce their fundamental human rights which were allegedly breached.
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