Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Buhari To Be Disqualified On March 19

       The presidential candidate from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari, may be banned from contesting in the forthcoming presidential poll.

According to Vanguard, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, fixed March 19 to commence hearing on seven separate suits.

However, both Buhari and his party, who are respondents in the matter together with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) maintained that they would not agree to take the service of the court procedures which they said were not authentically served on them.

They dared the propriety of orders of Justice Adeniyi which had allowable the accusers to serve the originating summons on them through replaced incomes.

Justice Adeniyi had on February 2, directed that the court processes be served on the defendants by publishing same in three national dailies.

The court also granted an order of synopsis of time within which the defendants must respond to the suits.
Though, both Buhari and his party contended that there was no urgency in the matter to permit the court to hear the suits in urgency.

Thus, in separate preliminary objections filed by counsel to Buhari, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, and that of the APC, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, they called on the court to set-aside all the instructions it has made in the matter so far.

They further opposed that the subject matter of the suit bothers on pre-election issues which they said is not time bound, adding that it can be determined even after the March 28 presidential poll.

But, Chief Mike Ozehkome, SAN, who represented the accusers yesterday, advised the court to advance hearing on the matter so as to determine Buhari’s fate before the presidential election.

His proposal enraged Buhari’s lawyer, Olanipekun, SAN, who contended that the suit challenging the certificate his client submitted to the INEC, has nothing to do with the election itself.

“My lord what he is saying is that this case must end before this election. It is a wrong impression. 

This case has nothing to do with the conduct of the election. What if the presidential election was held on February 14?”,Olanipekun queried.

Similarly, INEC through its lawyer Mr. Hassan Liman, SAN, yesterday, said it would file a initial objection to challenge both the capability of the suits which were filed by the two plaintiffs, Mr. Chukwunweike Okafor and Mr. Max Ozoaka, as well as the jurisdiction of the court to entertain them.

It should be noted that the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal reserved its judgment concerning the President Goodluck Jonathan’s eligibility to contest presidential election in March.

President Jonathan is key opponent of the opposition candidate General Buhari in coming poll.
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