Court Adjourns Buhari’s Eligibility Suit

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, 25 March, 2015, adjourned all the suits challenging the eligibility of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Major General Muhammadu Buhari retd.,‎ to contest in the poll slated for Saturday, till 22-23 April same year.
It implies that no judicial pronouncement can be made in the suits before the conduct of the poll on Saturday.
Justice‎ Adeniyi Ademola after fixing the new dates for the suits, explained that his decision was informed by the court’s impending Easter holiday and judges’ conference that would follow.
The judge fixed the new dates without entertaining suggestions from lawyers to the parties.
The plaintiffs in all the three suits want the court to declare Buahari ineligible to contest in the election on the basis of his alleged failure to submit his certificate of academic qualifications along with his Form CF001 to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The plaintiffs claim that Buhari’s failure to submit his certificate of academic qualifications contravened provisions of sections 131 and 318 of the 1999 Constitution and section 31(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010.
With three of the suits earlier struck on Tuesday, there are now three pending suits challenging Buhari’s eligibility to contest in the Saturday’s poll now pending before the court.
The judge fixed the new dates for the cases after he dismissed separate applications by two persons seeking to be joined as defendants in one of the suits.
The court in his ruling described the intending parties as “busy bodies an‎d meddlesome interlopers”.
‎The parties seeking to be joined and whose applications were dismissed on Wednesday were Chukwuma Ochu and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.


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