Buhari’s Eligibility: Court To Rule on Suit Today

Buhari’s Eligibility: Court
To Rule on Suit Today

The Federal High Court
has ruled that all pending applications
and the originating
summons be taken together in the suit challenging the eligibility of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) presidential candidate,
Muhammadu Buhari, in the forthcoming
March 28 presidential election.

At the resumed hearing on the suit, two other parties brought an application for joinder in the suit.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Mike Ozekhome,
who replied on point of law, argued that
the parties seeking to join are interlopers,
as he canvases for accelerated hearing.
While counsel to the APC, Lateef Fagbemi,
faulted Ozekhome’s position, he
maintained that the mode of service on his
client is faulty, stating that the court lacked
the jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

Counsel to Muhammadu Buhari , Mr
Abubakar Malaki, also aligned with the
position of the APC.
After listening to all parties, the presiding
Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, fixed the
25th of March to rule on the application
for joinder.

The Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier
reserved ruling till March 23 to decide
whether it has jurisdiction to hear the suit
filed by one Chukwuwike Okafor and
Donald Daunamigba challenging the
eligibility of retired General Muhammadu
Buhari to contest the 2015 general

At the resumed hearing of two suits filed
by Chukwunweike Okafor and Donald
Daunamigba, their lawyer Mike Ozekhome
(SAN) told the court that he had received a
number of preliminary objections and
applications for joiner in the suit.

He, however, asked the court for
accelerated hearing in view of the fact that the general elections are barely a week away.


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