BY MAYOWA SAMUEL
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to stay the execution of the order of the National Industrial Court directing it to end its ongoing strike commenced on February 14.
The request was contained in a motion for leave to appeal filed before the Court of Appeal on Friday by lawyers to ASUU.
In the motion on notice filed under sections 6 (6)(b); 36(1) and 243(3) of the Constitution and pursuant Order 6 Rules 1 of the Court of Appeal Rules 2021, ASUU also wants an order granting it leave to appeal the order issued on September 21 by Justice Polycarp Hamman.
In the motion, accompanied with a 14-ground proposed notice of appeal, ASUU stated that it’s decision to apply for permission to appeal the NIC’s ruling was in compliance with the court’s rules, which request ought to be granted.
It stated among the grounds for filing the motion for leave to appeal, that it was, by virtue of Section 243  of the 1999 Constitution, required to seek the leave of the appellate court to appeal against the decision by the NIC.
“The applicant is bringing this appeal both on grounds of law and on grounds bothering on fundamental human rights.
‘Applicant’s counsel out of the abundance of caution, has brought this application to obviate any doubt associated with the nature of the appeal.