Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Update on President Buhari WAEC Result court case

President Buhari has employed the services of 13 Senior Advocate of
Nigeria, SAN, and 10 other counsels to appeal the ruling of Justice
Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja on May 26th this
year, dismissing his preliminary objection to a suit filed by an
Abuja-based legal practitioner, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe against him
challenging the authenticity of his WAEC result.
Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had dragged President Buhari before the court,
arguing that he did not meet the educational requirement to contest
for President of Nigeria. Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe alleged that President
Buhari did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate
WASC) in 1961 as he claimed.
When the suit came up on May 26th, President Buhari through his
counsel, raised an objection to the suit, challenging the mode of
service of the originating summons on him and insisting that he ought
to have been served at an address in Kaduna instead of by substituted
means at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) in Abuja. However, Justice Ademola, in his ruling, had held that
it was incompetent and upheld the service of the originating court
processes on Buhari.
The judge held that the service of the court's processes on the
president through the secretariat of the APC was in order as the court
summons would get to him even though it was delivered at his party
secretariat. Dissatisfied with this ruling, Buhari through his legal
team has filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja
Judicial Division on seven grounds of appeal.
Among President Buhari's legal team, which endorsed the notice of
appeal, is Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Mr. Lateef O. Fagbemi (SAN),
Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu (SAN), Kola
Awodein (SAN), Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), Charles Edosomwan (SAN),
Emeka Ngige (SAN), Femi Atoyebi (SAN), Femi Falana (SAN), Funke
Aboyade (SAN), H.O. Afolabi (SAN), Muiz Banire (SAN), and 10 others.
Reacting to President Buhari's appeal on the case, Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe
said the president has the constitutional right of appeal and was
within his rights to exercise it particularly since he had not yet
submitted a defence to the substantive action and had filed nothing in
defence of the merits of the case.

Source: ThisDay

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