Buhari Disqualification Suit: Court adjourns till after elections

By Post Nigeria March 25, 2015 12:37

Buhari Disqualification Suit: Court adjourns till after elections

A lawsuit filed by Chukwudiake Okafor and Donald Daunamigba seeking the disqualification of Muhammadu Buhari the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has been adjourned till April 22 and 23rd 2015 for further hearing.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday morning adjourned the eligibility suit till about a month after the election.

The decision of the judge is seen as a move to put an end to the case since it is technically adjourned till after the Presidential Election scheduled for March 28.

The court however dismissed the applications filed by two persons seeking to be joined as defendants in the suit. One of the applicants is a pro-democracy activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.

The hearing this morning, which had been adjourned from yesterday, came as Buhari failed in his bid to stop the Court from examining the merit of the consolidated suit challenging his eligibility for the March 28 presidential election.

The judge stated that he will listen to counsel to the plaintiffs to determine the legitimacy of the lawsuit.

Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and counsel to one of the plaintiffs, Chukwunweike Okafor, had on Tuesday asked the court to reject the applications by Adegboruwa and another person to be joined, saying the court does not need them as parties in the suit to determine the merit of the case.

On Wednesday, the court agreed with Mr. Ozekhome’s argument, ruling that the applicants had no business in the case.

There are still at least eight lawsuits pending against Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.