Justice Adeniyi Ademola, of the Federal High Court in Abuja, has adjourned a suit challenging the eligibility of President Muhammadu Buhari for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria indefinitely. The suit filed by Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, an Abuja-based lawyer is centred around Buhari’s ‘missing WAEC certificate,’ a hot topic during the 2015 elections.
In his ruling on Thursday, June 16, 2016, Justice Adeniyi said that the case was being adjourned indefinitely, following a notice of appeal filed by the president over a previous ruling by the court dismissing Buhari’s preliminary objection to the suit.
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Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe’s suit challenges Buhari over his position as president of Nigeria saying that the retired military general was not qualified to run for president because did not possess the minimum qualification for the office. He says that Buhari did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate WASC) in 1961.
The president has engaged a team of 23 lawyers made up of 13 senior lawyers to challenge the suit. The team is led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN). The other lawyers on Buhari’s defence team are 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).
Nigerians on Wednesday expressed outrage over the use of 13 SANs to defend a simple case which could be put to rest by presenting Buhari’s WAEC certificate.