Federal High Court Throws Out Buhari’s Application in Certificate Case



THE Honorable Justice Ademola Adeniyi sitting at the Federal High Court 7, Abuja, today, Thursday, May 26, dismissed the preliminary objections filed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the case instituted against him, INEC & APC in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/110/2015 by an Abuja based Legal Practitioner, Barr.

Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe challenging his competence to stand election into the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when he lacks the basic educational qualifications set out in the Constitution.

It will be recalled that in February 2015, Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, filed an Originating Summons at the Federal High Court, Abuja praying the Court to among others declare that Buhari is unqualified to aspire to the position of President not having sat for the Secondary School Certificate and also deposing to a false affidavit about his educational qualifications contrary to the Electoral Act.

Buhari and the APC instead of entering a defence on the merits and exhibiting any Educational certificates obtained by Buhari, tried to frustrate the hearing of the case by filing several frivolous objections to the competence of the action.

President Buhari retained over twenty SANs led by Wole Olanipekun, Akin Olujinmi, Femi Falana, who for over one year now have failed to file any defence for Buhari or APC but instead used every trick in the book to delay the matter.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi in Ruling on the said applications which have been fought for over a year now, dismissed all of them as totally lacking in merit. He held that the suit filed by Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe was competent and the service on Buhari and APC was also competent.

He thereafter adjourned the case to the June 16, for hearing of the substantive Originating Summons to determine whether Buhari’s educational qualifications meets the minimum standards required by the Constitution. The ruling on Thursday has caused lots of disquiet in the Presidency where many had forgotten that this albatross still hangs on Buhari’s neck‎.

—  May 30, 2016 @ 17:40 GMT


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