NWALI SYLVESTER NGWUTA, J.S.C. (Delivering the Lead Ruling): This is an application brought by the two applicants seeking the following reliefs:
"1. An order granting leave to the Applicants to be joined in this appeal as respondents.
2. An order joining the Applicants as the 4th and 5th Respondents in this appeal..."
The application "brought pursuant to section 22 of the Supreme Court Act, Order 2 R. 28 of the Supreme Court Rules (as amended in 1999) and under the inherent powers of this Honourable Court" is predicated upon the following grounds:
"1. The 2nd Applicant stood for election into the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the 1st Applicant, Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) on the 9th April 2011 general election where he contested against the Appellant (candidate of the 3rd Respondent) amongst others.
2. The judgment of the Court of Appeal the subject of this appeal favours the Applicants, particularly the 2nd Applicant who stands to become Senator …