A group of northern elders had in June this year, filed the contentious suit asking the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives to hasten the exit of the South-East region out of Nigeria, before concluding the on-going amendment to the country’s constitution.
The request for Order of Court to compel hastening of South-East exit from Nigeria was one of the three prayers sought in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021, and led by Nastura Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’I, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman and Aminu Adam.
They had argued that the agitations for secession sustained by IPOB, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafran and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has made their suit necessary.
Now, some lawyers of the South-East extraction have applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja to be joined as defendants in the suit.
Led by Chief Chuks Muoma (SAN), Ukpai Ukairo, Ebere Uzoatu and Obi Emuka, the lawyers are asking for order of the court to allow them join in the suit as representatives of the people of the southeastern region.
In their application for joinder filed by Victor Onweremadu, the lawyers predicated their interest in the suit on the fact that the outcome of the litigation had the potential to shape the life of the generation of Igbo people.
The motion on notice for the joinder request was brought pursuant to order 9 rule 5 and order 26 rule 2 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rule 2019.