March 23, 2019

2019 Elections: Court schedules Jan 21 for suit seeking Buhari’s disqualification

2019 Elections: Court schedules Jan 21 for suit seeking Buhari’s disqualification

Ahead of the February 2019 presidential elections, a Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed January 21, 2019, to decide on a suit seeking to have President Muhammadu Buhari disqualified from seeking re-election.

The suit was filed by Kalu Agu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris who alleged that the president lied in his form CF 001 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission regarding his educational qualifications and certificates.

When the matter came up for mention on Wednesday, U.C. Ndubisi, counsel to the plaintiffs, who was holding the brief for Okpai Ukiro, informed the court that the matter was for a mention.

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Ndubisi explained to the court that all the defendants had been served with Buhari filing an application for an extension as well as a preliminary objection to the original summons.

The suit, which was filed on behalf of the plaintiff by Ukiro, has the President as the first defendant, APC as the second defendant and INEC as the third defendant.

The plaintiffs want the court to determine “whether having regards to the information in the affidavit contained in Buhari’s INEC form CF 001, regarding his educational qualification/certificate, he has submitted false information to INEC.

“Whether from the facts and exhibits contained in the affidavit in support of the originating summons and having regards to Section 31(5)(6) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, Buhari is disqualified from running for the office of president in the 2019 general elections.

“Whether Buhari, having submitted false information to INEC, the APC can validly present him as its candidate for the office of president in the 2019 general elections.”

The plaintiffs want the court to disqualify the president from re-contesting on account of submitting false information regarding his educational qualification/certificate.

They also implored the court to mandate INEC to remove Buhari’s name as the presidential candidate of the APC submitted for the elections.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the matter until Jan. 21, for the hearing of the main suit and the preliminary objection.

Mohammed also ordered that hearing notices be served on APC and INEC.

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