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Supreme Court Rules Today On Buhari’s Academics Qualification

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President Muhammadu Buhar’s fate whether he was academically qualified to run for presidency during the last election will be decided at  the Supreme Court today (Monday). The People Democratic Power and it’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are seeking the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari as a candidate in the last presidential election.

Parties to the case were served the Supreme Court’s hearing notice for today’s proceedings,” Punch reports.

The case, which was earlier dismissed by a court of appeal in Abuja, was anchored on the allegation that Buhari submitted false information regarding his academic qualification and certificate to the
Independent National Electoral Commission as a candidate in the February 23, 2019 poll.

Three Nigerians – Kalu Kalu Agu, Labaran Ismail, Hassy Jyari El-Kunis – filed the appeal, anchored on 12 grounds, before the Supreme Court to challenge the July 12, 2019 judgment of the Court of Appeal.

The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, raised a similar issue in their petition before the presidential election petitions tribunal.

The three appellants had, on their part, commenced their case before the Federal High Court in Abuja in 2018, alleging that Buhari falsely claimed to possess a school certificate he never had.Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a federal high court in Abuja, in hisj judgment delivered on May 2, 2019, struck out the suit for beings statute-barred

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A three-man panel of the court of appeal led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, in a unanimous judgment delivered on July 12, 2019,

affirmed the federal high court’s verdict, dismissing the suit on the
grounds that it was statute-barred and the court robbed of
jurisdiction to hear it on merit.

Delivering the lead judgment of the court, Justice Mohammed Idris held
that the matter had become statute-barred having not been filed within
the 14 days period which the cause of action arose, as stipulated
under Section 285(9) of the Nigerian Constitution.

The appellants, through their counsel, Ukpai Ukairo, on July 24, 2019,
are urging the apex court to set aside the verdicts of the federal
high court and the court of appeal.

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