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Court Strikes Out Suits Challenging Buhari’s Eligibility For Presidency

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday struck out two suits challenging the eligibility of the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to run for the office of president for allegedly not meeting the West African School Certificate minimum qualification requirement.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, struck out the suits when Chief Mike Ozehkome (SAN) and Dr. Chike Amobi, counsel to the plaintiffs the counsel to the plaintiffs, announced that they had filed separate notices of discontinuance of the case.

Ozekhome informed the court that his client, Chukwunweike Okafor, had instructed him to withdraw the suit in order not to distract the President-elect from the “enormous task” of governance that he was set to face.

Also, Amobiin his submission said that his client was no longer interested in pursuing the matter and was disposed to discontinuing the suit forthwith.

The plaintiffs had joined Buhari, the APC and INEC as co-defendants in the suit.

They had submitted in the originating summons that Buhari was not eligible to contest for allegedly failing to attach copies of his West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) to INEC Form CF001 in, thereby, breaching the provision of the Electoral Act 2010.

The plaintiffs had, therefore, urged the court to declare that Buhari was unqualified to run for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

According to them, for not complying with the provisions of Section 131 and 318 of the 1999 Constitution, and Section 31 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, Buhari was ineligible to run for president.

Buhari’s emergence as presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was followed by myriad suits against him bordering on a WASC which they alleged he does not possess.

Notwithstanding the pendency of the suits which were not yet ripe for hearing, the president-elect went on to defeat incumbent President Goodluckluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 29 general elections.

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