A young Nigerian known as Emmanuel Idris Yakubu has approached the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja asking it to compel Folarin Falana [Falz] and Aisha Yesufu to run for the office of the President and Vice-President respectively in the 2023 general elections.
The summon which was signed by his legal representative Ojong Miller, also prayed the court to determine the eligibility of the applicants to run for President.
Both Falz and Aisha Yesufu are to appear before the Federal Capital Territory High Court within 14 days from the day of the service of the Writ of Summons on them.
Folarin Falana, popularly known by his stage name Falz, is a popular Nigerian rapper, activist and the son of popular Nigerian activist and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana.
Aisha Yesufu is an outspoken activist and a staunch critic of the Buhari dictatorship. She is one of the conveners of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, a movement launched following the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014.
The Writ of Summons, with number CV/2743/21, was brought pursuant to Order 2, Rule 3 of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Civil Procedure Rules, 2018, and in compliance with sections 130, 131, 132, 141 and 142 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The court summons reads in part:
“Let the following respondents: (1) Folarin Falana (A.K.A Falz, A.K.A Falz. Thebadguy) and (II) Aisha Yesufu attend the High Court Of The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within Fourteen (14) days after service of this summons on them, inclusive of the day of such service, cause an appearance to be entered for it and/or them to this summon which is issued upon the application of the (Applicant) Emmanuel Idris Yakubu (a.k.a BOBMANNY) who claims reliefs from this Honourable Court against the Respondent and praying the Honourable Court for the determination of the following questions:
“Whether the Respondents have shown true leadership in the way they have galvanised Nigerian youth to speak in one voice on issues of National interest, especially before, during and after the nationwide protest against police brutality tagged #EndSARS?
“Whether the 1st and 2nd Respondents being eligible to contest for the office of President and Vice President respectively by virtue of the 1999 Nigerian constitution and being generally accepted by the majority of Nigerians ought not to be compelled to contest for the office of President/Vice President?
“The Applicant hereby seeks against the Respondent the following reliefs: 1. An Order compelling the 1st and 2nd Respondents to contest for the office of President and Vice President respectively in the forthcoming 2023 Nigerian presidential election.