Court Strikes Out Suits Against Gen Buhari Certificate

A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out two suits challenging the eligibility of presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari over his school certificate.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi yesterday [Mar. 24] struck out the two suits filed by Friday Ojealaro for lack of diligent prosecution. The suits are: FHC/ABJ/CS/20/2015 and FHC/ABJ/CS/03/2015. The Edo-based coordinator of Jonathan Shall Lead Again (JOSLA) and his counsel had failed to turn up for the matter since filing the action in February. The judge also ruled that all pending applications and the originating summons would be heard together. Following the ruling, the judge adjourned all the applications for joinder in the 13 suits against the APC presidential candidate for ruling today [Mar. 25]

The applications to join the suit by Chukwunweike Okafor against Buhari include that by Lagos-based human rights activist and pro-democracy crusader Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa and a Rivers APC chieftain and lawyer, Chukwuma Ochu. Other applicants seeking to join other related suits in the court are: Ahmed Mailantarki and Sunusi Musa, both delegates of the APC presidential primary in Lagos and the Fiscal and Civil Rights Enlightenment Foundation. Earlier, Okafor’s counsel Mike Ozekhome (SAN) opposed the applications for joinder in the matter, describing them as tactics to delay the hearing of the suit.

In the suit filed on January 26, Okafor is contending that Buhari is not eligible to contest the 2015 presidential election due to his non-compliance with the provisions of Section 131 and 318 of the 1999 Constitution, and Section 31 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 on attachment of copies of educational qualification being his West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) in INEC Form CF001.

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