THE Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday joined the National Assembly as the fifth defendant in a N50 bn suit filed by the leaders of some socio – cultural groups in the southern and North – Central parts of the country challenging the alleged lopsided appointments which they claimed to be a recurrent feature of the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd ) .
Justice Okon Abang made the order following an application by the plaintiffs through their lawyer , Mrs Nella Andem -Rabana (SAN ), at the Wednesday ’ s proceedings .
In the joinder application earlier filed on October 2 , 2020 , the plaintiff had said the National Assembly was a necessary party to the suit because its “ rights and responsibilities are affected by the questions raised for determination ” by the plaintiffs .
They also contended that the National Assembly “ will be affected by the eventual decision of the court ” , adding that the application was therefore filed “ in the interest of justice ” .
“ The National Assembly of Federal Republic is hereby joined as the 5 th defendant in this matter , ” Justice Abang ordered in a short ruling .
The judge also ordered the plaintiffs to ensure the service of the suit and other processes on the new defendant .
In a separate ruling , the judge also granted the President and the AGF , the 1 st and 2 nd defendants, who were represented by Mr Oyin Koleosho , an extension of time within which to file their responses to the suit .