Appeal Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Buhari’s Educational Qualification

Published 5 days ago by: Olusanya Akinrinola
at 08:30 PM, 12/07/2019 (5 days ago)

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The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has struck out a suit seeking to nullify the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari on academic grounds.
The court in a judgement on Friday said the application was brought outside the specified time for pre-election matters.

A three-member panel of the court let by Justice AtinukeAkomolafe-Wilson had reserved judgment for Friday after entertaining arguments from the appellants on Wednesday.

The applicants, Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy Kyari el-Kuris, had approached the appellate court after a Federal High Court dismissed their application on the grounds that it was brought outside the specified period of time.

In a judgement on the appeal, read by Mohammed Idris on behalf of the three-member panel, the court agreed with the high court and struck out the motion.

“We have decided to settle on the preliminary objection. To determine the issue, we have to pay serious attention to when the cause of action arose.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the cause of action arose on October 18 when the documents said to be false that is the Curriculum Vitae and affidavit were submitted to INEC in form CF001,” the court ruled.

It then added that based on section 285 (9) of the 1999 Constitution, the case was brought later than the stipulated period of 14 days when a pre-election matter ought to have been brought.

The court further held that even if the first part of the application had succeeded and the court agreed that the matter was not brought out of time, the stipulated period when such a pre-election matter ought to have been determined elapsed since May.

Consequently, the court ruled that it cannot accord itself any jurisdiction outside that given to it by the constitution.

Mr Buhari’s educational qualification is also one of the grounds of the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the presidential election tribunal.

Mr Abubakar came second in the February presidential election won by Mr Buhari.

The opposition candidate, however, alleges, among others, that Mr Buhari lied on oath about his educational qualifications and that the electoral commission manipulated the result in favour of the president.

Mr Abubakar and the PDP are still arguing their petitions at the tribunal.

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kaposky at 10:02 PM, 12/07/2019 (5 days ago)
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UNA DEY TRY
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Brave5500 at 12:11 AM, 13/07/2019 (5 days ago)
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Ok
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femo4real at 04:12 AM, 13/07/2019 (4 days ago)
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why this appeal court didnt dismisses adeleke and oyetola matter .If our president result is no dagbo et him bring it out
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Baye77 at 06:42 AM, 13/07/2019 (4 days ago)
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I don't get why people are shouting over all these things...please someone should remind me, when has any court in  Nigeria ever found a sitting president guilty of anything??? Have people suddenly forgotten that Buhari was in court four different times against the pdp and its elected president, when pdp were clearly rigging elections, yet he still didn't win against them??so all of a sudden y'all expect our courts and judges to become "saints" and rule the president guilty abi??keep waiting...you'll wait for long.
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Brave5500 at 01:42 PM, 13/07/2019 (4 days ago)
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Quote from: Baye77 on 06:42 AM, 13/07/2019
I don't get why people are shouting over all these things...please someone should remind me, when has any court in  Nigeria ever found a sitting president guilty of anything??? Have people suddenly forgotten that Buhari was in court four different times against the pdp and its elected president, when pdp were clearly rigging elections, yet he still didn't win against them??so all of a sudden y'all expect our courts and judges to become "saints" and rule the president guilty abi??keep waiting...you'll wait for long.

Baye77 seems u like the situation in Nigeria hoppe u are not form d moldy
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femo4real at 02:12 PM, 13/07/2019 (4 days ago)
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Quote from: Baye77 on 06:42 AM, 13/07/2019
I don't get why people are shouting over all these things...please someone should remind me, when has any court in  Nigeria ever found a sitting president guilty of anything??? Have people suddenly forgotten that Buhari was in court four different times against the pdp and its elected president, when pdp were clearly rigging elections, yet he still didn't win against them??so all of a sudden y'all expect our courts and judges to become "saints" and rule the president guilty abi??keep waiting...you'll wait for long.
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