Court to hear suit to stop Buhari 23 February

Court to hear suit to stop Buhari 23 February

Monday, February 9, 2015 3:20 pm

Nnamdi Felix / Abuja

Buhari in Lagos: Court gives 23 February date for suit to stop him

Buhari in Lagos: Court gives 23 February date for suit to stop him

Legal proceedings commenced Monday before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a federal high court in Abuja in suits challenging the eligibility of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari rtd., the Presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, to participate in the forthcoming presidential election which date has been shifted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from 14 February to 28 March, 2015.

The main suit which seeks for the disqualification of Buhari and filed by Barr Max Ozoaka had prominent senior advocates of Nigeria, including Chief Wole Olanipekun, Akin Olujinmi, Lateef Fagbemi, Emeka Ngige, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, James Ocholi, Funke Aboyede, Femi Falana, all lined up in defence of Buhari while another set of senior advocates of Nigeria, comprising of Ade Okeaya Ineh, Godwin Obla and Ken Njamanze, appeared for the plaintiff, Barr Ozoaka.

Buhari’s lead lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, indicated to the court that in view of the addendum published by the plaintiff in the Newspapers in compliance with the orders of the court on substituted service of the court’s processes, that time only started counting for the defence team last Friday and that they are within time to file their processes before the court.

Chief Olanipekun intimated the court that they are challenging the competence of the entire suit against Buhari as well as the court’s orders for substituted service which gave rise to the publications.

“We are here in protest. We only came to court for two reasons. Our client, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, have utmost respect for this court and we, as officers in the temple of Justice, have a duty to come here and offer assistance to this court. We are filing our processes at the court’s registry and we are challenging the legality of this court’s orders as well as the competence of the suit. The case is not even ripe for mention as it is” said Chief Olanipekun, Buhari’s lead counsel.
Barr Max Ozoaka is seeking for the disqualification of Buhari on the grounds of non compliance with the Constitutional requirements guiding candidates’ eligibility to contest for the Presidential election.

The controversies surrounding the alleged non inclusion of Buhari’s certificate in the forms submitted to the electoral body, INEC, had given rise to series of cases seeking his disqualification from the forthcoming Presidential election.

Ozoaka is seeking for the disqualification of the APC’s Presidential candidate on the ground that the party under on whose platform he claims to be running for the Presidency is not a registered political party in Nigeria.

A copy of the Buhari’s INEC Form FC001 shows that Buhari entered the name of his party as All Progressive Congress Party, APCP, instead of All Progressives Congress, APC.

Another ground under which Buhari’s disqualification is being sought is that his permanent voter card issued to him by INEC shows that Buhari’s occupation was listed as civil servant which, according to the plaintiff, is false as the retired General ceased to be a public officer since his retirement from service.

Ozoaka also wants Buhari disqualified allegedly, on the basis of lying under oath following claims made by Buhari in his INEC forms that his secondary school certificate is with the military authorities which claims had been denied by the Nigerian Army.

Another suit filed by one Mr. Chukwunweike Okafor, also seeking for Buhari’s disqualification was also heard today by the same judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who thereafter adjourned both cases to Monday, 23rd February, for hearing of applications for joinders filed by other interested parties seeking to be joined in both cases.

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  • brown says:

    Buhari did you forget that all the people you killed with degree 4,their blood is crying for vengeance…..

  • Bob Busayo says:

    if truth is applied… court is just a share waste because even my 5 year old baby can interpret buhari fake Documents.

  • Bob Busayo says:

    You are so jaundiced in your view. So filled with hatred for a fellow Nigerian. Just read your one liner all over again

  • Counsellor says:

    I see what you mean by distinguished military career. The imprisonment of people false-fully abi. I now see why every school in Nigeria should teach History bcos many people do not know who GMB is. GEJ till 2019!

  • brown says:

    if truth is applied… court is just a share waste because even my 5 year old baby can interpret buhari fake Documents….

  • zacchaeus Akinleye says:

    Your jaundiced view beclouds you from sound reasoning. You will never get the exposure Buhari had to quality education in your entire life. People of your ilk constitute an annoyance on this forum and you will be embarrassed when your Pretender-in-Chief is disgraced soon at the polls.

  • abankula says:

    You supporters of Goodluck Jonathan, you still persist in your campaign of calumny against a man who had a distinguished military career, capped with a distinguished leadership of Nigeria. You can’t destroy GMB with all this spiteful talk. I

  • abankula says:

    You have lost your soul, surely

  • abankula says:

    You are so jaundiced in your view. So filled with hatred for a fellow Nigerian. Just read your one liner all over again.

  • david soul says:

    Illiterate your time is up

  • David says:

    He should be disqualified! He wants to bring dictatorship back to Nigeria. Has nothing to offer,

    as a retired officer why do you claim civil servant. In the first place why should this tribunal wait time over this hearing. The disqualification is clear! Where is your certificate of education BUHARI!

  • Gold Flight says:

    Looking forward to this case. How I wish it can be aired live. This is also an excellent opportunity for Nigeria Law Students to learn more and grow in the legal profession.

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