Monday, May 30, 2016

Buhari's Missing Certificate Saga Resurfaces Again with Full Force

An Abuja court has thrown out Buhari's request to quash the court injunction against his educational qualification for the post of president in Nigeria.
Muhammadu Buhari
 
A Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ad­emola Adeniyi, is under fire from chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for endorsing a suit challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s eligibility to contest the 2015 presidential election.

Justice Adeniyi had last Thursday dismissed a preliminary objection filed by President Buhari against a suit by an Abuja based lawyer, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha Ahaiiwe, challenging his (Buhari’s) eligibility to contest the presidential election on the ground that he does not have a school certificate, the basic educational qualification set out by the Constitution for a candidate seeking to run for the office of President.

Ahaiiwe had joined the APC as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as defendants in the suit which was filed in February 2015.

Ruling on the case, Justice Adeniyi, grandson of the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Adetokunbo Ademola, dismissed all applications by the defendant as lacking in merit, maintaining that the suit filed by Ahaiiwe was as competent as the service on Buhari and APC.

A top APC chieftain, who spoke to The AUTHORITY in confidence, described the judge’s ruling as “a calculated attempt to embarrass President Buhari and the APC”.
 
He noted that: “We in APC find the ruling more embarrassing, considering that it came three days to our first anniversary in office,” adding that, “we strongly suspect that the said judge is working for the opposition (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP).”
 
Another APC chieftain blamed the President’s team of lawyers for “treating the matter with levity, having won the elections,” warning that such a suit was capable of throwing up unpleasant surprises for his party.

He said: “We are not lawyers and are therefore not in a position to know what is going on in the courts. I heard that our team of lawyers abandoned the matter, having not been paid by those who felt that the election had been won and lost. If we had a proactive Attorney-General of the Federation, he ought to have followed up and avoided this em­barrassment. It is even more embarrassing if the courts establish that President Buhari, who has been fighting corruption, has no school certificate.”

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