KUTIGI, JSC (Delivering the Lead Judgment): In paragraph 12 of their Amended Statement of Claim, the plaintiffs’ claims against the defendant read as follows:-
“(i) A declaration that no law enacted by the National Assembly can validly increase or otherwise alter the tenure of office of elected officers or as Councillors of Local Government Councils in Nigeria except in relation to the Federal Capital Territory alone.
(ii) A declaration that the National Assembly has no power except in relation to the Federal Capital Territory alone to make any law with respect to the following matters or any of them, to wit:-
(a) the conduct of elections into the office of Chairman, Vice Chairman or Councillors of a Local Government Council in Nigeria;
(b) the division of Local Government Areas into wards for purposes of election into Local Government Councils in Nigeria;
(c) the qualification or disqualification of persons as a candidate for election as Chairman, Vice Chairman or Councillor of a L…