Certificate Saga: Another Court Case against Buhari

There seems to be no end in sight to the controversies trailing the school certificates of the presidential candidate of the opposition party, All Progressive Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, as another group, the National Coalition for Good Governance, NACOGG, and three others have filed a suit to get him disqualified over the lingering controversy.

The plaintiffs, Jamilu Aliyu, Chizoba Iwe, Hajia Zainab Mohammed and NACOGG joined the Attorney General of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police, the Director of State Security Service, DSS, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the APC in a suit filed filed at an FCT High Court against Buhari’s presidential bid.

In the suit, the plaintiffs seek a court order granting nine reliefs which include an order for the immediate arrest and commencement of a criminal process against Buhari for hacking and conspiring to hack into the INEC voters’ database; a declaration that Buhari is not qualified to contest the 2015 presidential election without the presentation of his minimum educational qualification; a declaration that the information in Buhari’s affidavit submitted to INEC as to the custody of his certificate is false and does not permit him to contest the 2015 elections and a declaration that the result in circulation is forged and does not satisfy Constitutional requirements of law.

The group also seeks a court order disqualifying Buhari from contesting the 2015 election for not presenting his minimum educational certificate; an order mandating INEC to disqualify him; a declaration that electoral body should not allow, recognise or include Buhari in the 2015 presidential election if he does not present the certificate and an order compelling INEC not to allow APC to present General Buhari for the 2015 election.




     

     

    No judge has been assigned to preside over the case at present and the date for the hearing is also yet to be fixed.

    This website reported on Tuesday that a legal practitioner, Chike Okafor, approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking his disqualification from contesting the 2015 presidential election.

    Joining the APC and INEC in the law suit, Okafor asserted that according to Section 131 of the Constitution, which prescribes a minimum qualification for nomination to participate in presidential election and Section 31 of the Electoral Act which requires all presidential candidates to depose to an affidavit indicating that they have complied with constitutional requirement to be President of Nigeria, Buhari should be disqualified from contesting having failed to prove that he has the minimum educational qualification to contest for the election.

    In his deposition, Okafor also claimed that the APC candidate’s affidavit certifying his West African School Leaving Certificate, WASC, is false while equally  asserting that the claim in his affidavit that his certificates are in the custody of the Nigerian Army had been denied by the Director of Army Public Relations.

     

     

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