Court strikes out certificate suit against Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

A Federal High Court has dismissed two suits seeking the disqualification of Muhammadu Buhari from the March 28 presidential election.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of Federal High Court, Abuja, struck out the two suits Wednesday.

There has been controversy over the academic qualification of Mr. Buhari for the election which he eventually won.

Supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said Mr. Buhari did not meet the constitutional requirement of a secondary school certificate for the post of the president.

Days before the March 28 presidential election, there were concerns Mr. Buhari would be disqualified. The court later adjourned the case to April 22.

There were no fewer than 10 suits seeking Mr. Buhari’s disqualification on different grounds. All the suits were consolidated since they sought the same relief.

In one of the suits, Chukwunweike Okafor sought an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission to remove or delete Mr. Buhari’s name and that of the APC from the list of persons and political parties eligible for the office of President.

Mr. Okafor asked the court to hold that the information supplied by the APC flag-bearer in Form C.F 001 that his West African School Certificate was with the Nigerian Army was false and should be disqualified from the race.

In another suit, Max Ozoaka asked the court to disqualify Mr. Buhari on the ground that the INEC Form Cf 001 the APC candidate submitted to INEC was incomplete.

He argued that Mr. Buhari failed to accompany the form with all relevant academic credentials.

Mr. Ozoaka also raised objections regarding some of the information contained in other documents submitted by the APC candidate, including voter’s card.

More details later…


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  • Frank Bassey

    Buhari has made history as Nigeria’s first president without WASC. Congratulations our retired general.

    • adedayo

      I think the lawyer must have received money. This doesn’t make any sense to me!

      • ceecee

        You are a Nigerian and can as well sue Buhari yourself.

        • andre

          CEECEE:

          Is that what you are supposed to say? Do you have any respect for truth at all?
          You have a supreme law and Buhari violated it, if Nigerians are honest people,
          rather than thieves that most of them are, will pull together to ostracise Buhari?

          • tundemash

            Cl0wn ….. like andre said, unless you are a chimpazee, sue Buhari too. Easy to sir behind a laptop at the amnesty camp and type rubbish !

      • akinmade olaitan martins

        @frank_bassey:disqus

        But Buhari was allowed to get away! If President Jonathan himself has sense of responsibility,
        he would ask the attorney-general to uphold the Constitution on the clear facts that Buhari
        does not have a Wasc certificate. WAEC confirmed that fact. The Nigerian Army confirmed it.

        What other fact did President Jonathan need to live up to the oath he himself took as president
        to uphold the laws and the constitution of Nigeria?

        Those who called Jonathan a statesman last week will be getting ready to withdraw that statement
        by end of today. His name will go down in history as the most irresponsible, most immoral, most lawless,
        most cowardly, and, most self-centred president Nigeria has ever had.

        I will NOT be surprised if Mr. Goodluck Jonathan is going to spend the rest of his life in the dock because
        he himself will be arrested and detained. The thing he refused to do; to uphold the laws, in line with his
        oath of office, is what will be done to him. He is likely to face probe for malfeasant corruption and jailed.

      • Ike

        adedayo: Mike Ozekhome is a disgrace. For in principle, no sensible lawyer should stand
        idly by to watch and enjoy the rape of his country’s constitution. In his own rights as Nigerian citizen,
        Mike Ozekhome is entitled to pursue this matter if only he has any principles, but he does not.

  • In Memoriam

    Ode to Barrister Mike Ozekhome:

    The lawyer who brought the case suddenly withdrew the case himself
    before any hearing could even start. So you can see how corrupt Nigeria
    is! The lawyers were either threatened or intimidated to file a NOTICE OF
    DISCONTINUANCE. Not one word was uttered by the lawyers in court on
    this Buhari Wasc certificate. Is this a country? No, Nigeria is no longer a
    country because Nigeria no longer has any enforceable constitution.
    History will record Barrister Mike Ozekhome as the man who put the
    last nail on the coffin of this federal republic whilst dressed in wig and
    gown, and who quickly thereafter went into the changing room to put
    on the funerary toga of an undertaker of a supposed federal republic.

    • philip

      @inmemoriam,

      The lawyers were bribed. That is the way i see it.

    • tundemash

      Or the lawyers were bribed to start the case in the first place. Clown !

      • hanafunwatcher

        he did sound idiotic..still trying to figure the certifcate thing out. lmao…bring all the cases you need to…youre sure to fail at that too

  • excel

    Pdpig how market? Jonathan and is cohort wasting Nigeria money for no course. This just consolidate on the March 28 victory, ride on Buhari, ride on APC, leads Nigeria to that promise land.

  • burning spear

    Buhari Appoints Indicted Former Governor In His Transition Team.

    The indicted former governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Timipre Silva, who is standing charges for stealing Billions of Naira by the EFCC has been appointed by Buhari as a lead member of his transition team.

    Mr Silva told Nigerians last year that he used his money to purchase Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential nomination form, rubbishing Buhari’s lies of collecting a bank loan without verifiable collateral.

    Former Governor Timipre Silva contributed over N4billion to Buhari’s campaign and Buhari is bound to reciprocate that kind gesture, irrespective of his self-claimed anti-corruption posture

    • hanafunwatcher

      do yo need hearing aid? spara?

  • burning spear

    I knew the case will come to this end—————long before we started——Nigeria is a country——filled with filthy people with no conscience——————the APES in APC use their filthy money to buy justice—————-period——————–If Buhari has his certificate he would have pursued the case to its logivalé conclusion—————he has been defamed as a man with no certificate-so let him sue them for bring his hard earned janjaweed reputation into disrepute————The question is can he—-Never till the coming of Prophet Mohamed————–The man has no certificate—-that is what this case has show to the entire world–

    • tundemash

      Shame on you. It is over! Go back to the creek and continue with your unfortunate life !

  • Words on Marble

    Simple Question For President Jonathan

    If President Jonathan himself has any sense of responsibility,
    he would ask the attorney-general to uphold the Constitution
    on the clear facts that Buhari does not have a Wasc certificate.
    WAEC has confirmed that fact. The Nigerian Army confirmed it.
    What other fact does President Jonathan need to live up to the
    oath he himself took as president to uphold the laws and the
    constitution of Nigeria?

    ………..A.O Martins

    • Words on Marble

      ……….. (2) Simple Question For President Jonathan

      Those who called Jonathan a statesman last week will be
      getting ready to withdraw that statement by end of today.
      His name will go down in history as the most irresponsible,
      most immoral, most lawless, most cowardly, and, most
      self-centred president Nigeria has ever had.

      I will NOT be surprised if Mr. Goodluck Jonathan is going to
      spend the rest of his life in the dock because he himself will
      be arrested and detained. The thing he refused to do –
      to uphold the laws in line with his oath of office –
      is what will be done to him. He is likely to face
      probe for malfeasant corruption and jailed.

      ……………….A.O Martins

      • kukute

        @godfreyetokebe:disqus

        Ah, but is Jonathan asleep or what? Ah, Jonathan is in trouble! Does he expect
        anyone in the world will praise him for sitting on his hands as the Constitution of
        his country is thrown into the gutter like this? He is a local man. He does not think.
        There is nothing statesmanlike in his intentional refusal to uphold the Constitution.

      • records

        “Yes, i said Muhammadu Buhari was not electable. I also said his victory will NOT

        happen. I said and and i am still insisting that Buhari has no WASC (certificate).

        …………Doyin Okupe

        (Senior Special Assistant to the President)

        April 20th, 2015
        ………………….

        “A person who has reasonable grounds to believe that ANY information given by a
        (presidential) candidate in his affidavit or document (submitted to the Electoral Commission)
        is false, may file a suit at the High court against such candidate seeking a declaration that the
        information is false. If the court determines that the information is FALSE the court SHALL issue
        an order dis-qualifying the candidate from contesting the election.”

        ……….Section 31 Electoral Act of Nigeria

        • No Comment

          • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President

          if he has presented a forged certificate to the Independent

          National Electoral Commission.

          …….§137 (j) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

          • hanafunwatcher

            isn’t that what your boy thayler did?

      • Interrogator

        ..

      • iwerre

        @wordsonmarble:

        God i beg you O! Don’t give me a son like this Goodluck Jonathan.
        Better i don’t have any child than to have mumu as a son, kai.
        So Sanusi Lamido Sanusi will be the one to direct the guards
        to give hard lashing to Jonathan if he is to be detained in Kano.
        My God, my God. Why did you create someone like Jonathan?

        • As i see am

          JONATHAN WILL NOW BE REMEMBERED AS AN OUTLAW WHO
          WAS ALSO TOO MUCH OF A COWARD THAT HE HANDED OVER
          HIS COUNTRY TO A MAN IN VIOLATION OF THE LAWS AND THE
          CONSTITUTION IN THE FALSE HOPE THAT AS A PRESIDENT WHO
          IS AN ACCOMPLICE TO CRIME, HE MIGHT BUY HIS OWN PERSONAL
          FREEDOM AND GET AWAY WITHOUT PROBE. HE IS IS IN DELUSION.

          • Dafe

            Yes O, Daft Jonathan has ruined Nigeria by aiding and authorizing an illegal government.
            History does NOT ever forgive such a silly, treasonous behaviour from a sitting president.
            It has the same effect on public order and public morality like his installing Abubakar Shekahu.
            Jonathan is afraid. He has no regard for public order. He just wants to escape with his family.

          • damian

            @dafe:

            Handing over power to an illegal government in violation of the 1999 Constitution
            is as criminal as President Jonathan paying bribes to the Police not to be probed.

          • ambali

            dafe: Buhari is enough O! Don’t let Jonathan go
            and handover to Shekahu of Boko Haram! As it is now,
            Jonathan is so desperate to run away for personal safety
            that he can hand over to any place, name or thing.

          • hanafunwatcher

            why do you things constantly write the same bs??

          • tundemash

            yawn !!!! Go back to the creek!
            We knew Jonathan is d@ft 6 years ago, if u are just knowing that , u are twice as d@ft as him.

          • hanafunwatcher

            ive got no problem with that silkroad

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    CONFIRMED. Buhari has no WASC!!!

    • chi

      Of course because he sat for and obtained the Cambridge school certificate. Therefore,he doesn’t need your local wasc

    • Malik Isah

      And what can you do about it now brother?

    • tundemash

      Mr. Failure …… now that the court has now confirmed your tragedy for life…. what can u do about it ?

  • Mohstone

    All I can see in this thread is one person writing and replying himself. A sign of madness indeed. Buhari has a cert and the military has found it. So you can go to hell if you’re not comfortable with that.

    • hanafunwatcher

      hahaha…copy and paste this to all the other sites!

  • Ed

    Let me try one more time to educate the PDP members here in this forums. About the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria.
    The law requires all candidates for presidential election to have as the minimum WAEC. Please not the word
    ( minimum ) .
    PDP either intentionally or not , continue to advance the WAEC certification as a requirement. No is the lowest common denominator.
    Fellow countrymen stop paying attention to the lies.
    President Elect Buhari bags various military academy degrees. Which by any standard are equals to Master Degree. Plus the fact that no one had shown that he didn’t complete his secondary school.
    PDP should stop insulting the intelligence of Nigerian.

    • hanafunwatcher

      lord i hope it’s not wild bill. lmao!

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    This is to all of you giving yourselves ulcer and stomach cancer with ‘bad bele” over Buhari’s WASC certificate. Let me put the matter to rest for you. It seems your real problem is that you don’t understand the meaning of “minimum requirement”.

    In view of the feeble nature of your mind, I will keep it simple.
    Assume you are trying to see a movie at the cinema and the security guards tell you that you must be at least 18 years old before you will be allowed in.
    You show them you ID which states that you are 23 years old, they will let you in.
    Minimum requirement of 18 years does not mean you have to be 18 years old, it simply means 18 and above.

    General Buhari has the educational qualifications that supersede WASC.(Masters Degree in Strategic Studies)
    His military rank, life experience, previously held positions all supersede High School certificate!

    If Buhari was truly educationally unqualified to run for office, why would PDP not make any real effort to have him disqualified? Why did PDP not bring this up in the 2011 Presidential election?
    PDP knew this was nothing but a ‘red herring’ they threw out there with the hope it will stick to something.
    Unfortunately for you, your minds caught it!

    Continue with your ill-advised crusade. You only have yourself to blame when the thing in your stomach metastasizes.
    In the mean time:

    • Duduosun

      @Uncle gaga:

      YOU NEED BASIC TUTORIALS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
      THAT’S WHAT WILL HELP YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
      BETWEEN ‘QUALIFICATION’ AND ‘DIS-QUAIFICATION’.
      THE CASE IN COURT WAS DIS-QUALIFICATION – WHICH
      HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH QUALIFICATION ITEMS THAT
      YOU ARE IRRELEVANTLY TALKING ABOUT.

      • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

        ….say what you just wrote out loud and listen to yourself.

    • King Carlos

      Nice 1

    • hanafunwatcher

      all of this is over a high school cert? lmao

  • Malik Isah

    Drunk octopus want to fight?

  • SAM .A

    Both Okarfo & Ozoaka are notorious hungry lawyers who wanted to make names from PDP’s hanky panky. with their brain remote controlled to double Jeopardy, their names shall be left in dustbin of HISTORY as Failed MAGO MAGO LAWYERS.

    • hanafunwatcher

      blackmail never works ‘sam’…lol

  • Words on Marble

    Comment of the Year

    Buhari is enough O! Don’t let President Jonathan go to

    handover to Abubakar Shekahu of Boko Haram! As it is now,

    Jonathan is so desperate to run away for his personal safety

    that he can hand over to any place, name or thing.

    ……Ambali

    • msrose

      @Words on Marble:

      This is hilarious. Jonathan just stripped himself nude in public –
      as a person without principles, sense of public duty, or ethical
      compass to know right from wrong. He’s lost it all by himself now
      but did incalculable damage to Nigeria in the process by making
      the Nigerian Constitution useless for all times and purposes!

      • Public Records

        “When Mr. Goodluck Jonathan said he did not ‘give a damn’ about declaring his assets,
        some people pretended not to understand the implications. The truth is that a man who
        does not give a damn about leading by character or accountability cannot inspire
        success or productivity. As a result, Jonathan leads a system where his key people

        are free to pursue their own conquests; a system where merit does not count,

        and evil is not punished”.

        ……..Sonala Olumhense

        (April 20th, 2014)

      • burning spear

        how tell us———buhari has no certificate—-as required by the law—Is it Jonathan who should be the one who should take buhari to court——Its INEC———————–THIS IS HOW U REGIONALIST TURN WHITE WHEN U SEE BLACK- RED WHEN U SEE WHITE

        • druther

          @buringspear:disqus

          No excuses, please! Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 to, inter alia,
          “uphold the laws and the Constitution of Nigeria”. But see him.
          He is now selling the laws and Constitution for his private profit.

        • Folu

          Did Jonathan not swear on oath in 2011 to uphold the Constitution?

        • hanafunwatcher

          is that the best you’ve got? yawn

      • hanafunwatcher

        more shenanigans….maybe one day you’ll be believed

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  • Peedeepee!!!

    Goodluck Jonathan now looks to the whole country like a bereft man who can cut a deal
    with the devil – just for his own personal interest and at the expense of all Nigerians
    as he gets set to hand over power to Buhari; after Jonathan’s presidential office said
    just two days ago that Buhari is known to Jonathan as barred under the Constitution
    to hold the office of president. For so doing, Goodluck Jonathan becomes a tragedy,
    and a toxic bane on Nigerian history for his intentional fetter of Nigeria’s Constitution,
    to allow illegality climb on top of un-constitutionality, with like effect as a coup d’etat.

    • Encore

      “When Mr. Goodluck Jonathan said he did not ‘give a damn’ about declaring his assets,
      some people pretended not to understand the implications. The truth is that a man who
      does not give a damn about leading by character or accountability cannot inspire
      success or productivity. As a result, Jonathan leads a system where his key people
      are free to pursue their own conquests; a system where merit does not count,
      and evil is not punished”.

      ……..Sonala Olumhense

      (April 20th, 2014)

      • Freethinker

        ..

        • hanafunwatcher

          what is the certificate?? a degree?? i don’t get it. if he’s already pres why do you keep asking for it? speak english..lol

      • Debo

        I bet if I tell you that Jonathan declared his assets in accordance with the law, you will argue with me. That is the level of misinformation that the opposition has pumped into the system just to discredit him. For the records, GEJ said he did not give a damn about declaring his assets publicly but he declared his assets anyway as the code of conduct stipulates. Because the opposition was only interested in bringing him down, knowing that most people will be unsuspecting of their tactics, they decided to amplify the “i dont give a damn” without mentioning not only that the law does not require public declaration but that he has always declared his assets. Now, the question you should ask yourself is what value will declaring publicly add since the document has always been with the code of conduct bureau and there is FOI (which he signed into law) to access it.

    • burning spear

      what are u saying here my friend—— is Jonathan the one to stop certificate less Buhari from contesting the elections or INEC——————-? WHAT TYPE OF rubbish is that–the case is a clear indication that buhari has no certificate ——————————-if he had then it beholds upon him to take these lawyers to court for defamation of character————but he cant because he really has no certificate—–to show Nigerians-period———————-So the Apes in APC had to bribe the paltiffs to withdraw the matter form court————————————–

      • hanafunwatcher

        maybe he had no lawyer..they’re all helping jon jon 44? lol

    • records

      “Yes, i said Muhammadu Buhari was not electable. I also said his victory will NOT

      happen. I said and and i am still insisting that Buhari has no WASC (certificate).

      …………Doyin Okupe

      (Senior Special Assistant to the President) April 20th, 2015

      • No Comment

        ..

  • burning spear

    Fresh facts have emerged as to why top guns in the the All Progressive Congress (APC), including Ex Governor , Senator Bukola Saraki, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi rejected Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as running mate to Muhammadu Buhari.

    Sources hinted that aside from the Muslim/Muslim ticket thing, Tinubu was opposed on the basis of his “past” ─ although his supporters argue that there is no case against him, neither has he been convicted in any court of law. But records show he had a plea dead to forfeit all proceeds from his drug deals, which in it self is technically a conviction.

    Tinubu also has issues with his resume. His certificates, place of birth, parentage are all questionable. All the schools he claimed to have attended cannot be verified. His celebrated University of Toronto case is still fresh. It is instructive to point out that Yemi Osinbajo was one of his counsels in that case.

    • tundemash

      Election is over mugu !

      • hanafunwatcher

        why do you read her?? lmao

    • Bumsy

      BURNING SPEAR DO YOU WANT PROGRESS AT ALL? STOP ALL THESE BICKERING AND MOVE ON.NIGERIA HAS TO MOVE ON. THE PEOPLE INVOLVED ARE NOT EVEN STRESSING THEMSELVES IT IS YOU ALL THE TIME. DON’T DEVELOP HYPERTENSION AS THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR HOSPITALS IS NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT NOW. WAIT PATIENTLY FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE UNDER GMB

  • burning spear

    Buhari be man enough to show your certiticate—————pls—and shame the devil——–show us your certificate

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      President-elect Buhari showing us his certificate!

    • Maitama Tambari

      damage spear, your paid agents in the military who took away the certificate, had returned it after the election. Go and view it because it is now a museum material.

  • Straightalk

    GOODLUCK JONATHAN IS NOW BEING COYLY FLATTERED OUT OF OFFICE
    TO AWAIT THE PUNISHMENT OF HIS LIFE UNDER THE LAW FOR EXPOSING
    MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S BEST KEPT WASC SECRET TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

    • Dr. Dele Anifowoshe

      @buringspear:disqus

      Jonathan’s future from May 30th could be full of pains

      Goodluck Jonathan is so slack; daft and naive, history will condemn him as misfit.
      He likes to be a journalist. He will soon come to N.T.A to say he only wants peace.
      You want peace by violating the Nigerian Constitution for an Islamic State to start, ehn?

      Let someone close to him tell now. The battle he’s cowardly refused to fight now,
      as Commander-in-Chief, is coming to his hiding place in Otueke where he will have
      to fight it in the swamps; in his singlet, like a guerilla. That’s the lesson of history.

  • Koko

    The court can strike the case out now, but it does not change the fact that he is grossly uneducated and not smart enough to lead Nigeria. Electing the daft on the banal basis of ethnicity and religion above anything else is simply irresponsible and mumuish. But a leopard does not change his spots. His illiteracy will mean backwardness for Nigeria which has for too long been held down by vissionless Northern presidents who can be considered even smarter than Buhari. But out of fear, the Yoruba were forced to vote massively for this clueless old man. Too bad.

    • Maitama Tambari

      Koko is your brain working at all? Has he not ruled Nigeria before? Majority of Nigerians disagree with you, so shut up.

    • Tonnero

      Buhari won in 4 out of six regions and garnered more than 25% of the votes in more than 2/3rds of the state’s as required. The only zones where he did poorly were the south south and the SE, the regional/ethnic base of Jonathan and his wife. So, tell us, who used ethnicity?

    • Tunsj

      You and PDP has been so despicable and disrespectful since Buhari was nominated by APC. You lie so shamelessly, brazenly and blatantly. You should be ashamed of yourself and you don’t have a freaking clue what you are talking about. The election is over and it is time to move forward.

  • Majek tunde

    @burning spear.I can authoritatively tell you that Tinubu is an alumni of Chcago state university, Chicago,Ill.

  • Debo

    PT conveniently left out the fact that the plaintiffs withdrew their cases; forcing the judge to strike them out.

    • anwari

      because it’s of no effect to the fact of the story which is that the yeye lawyers have realised that they dont have a case.

  • MushinSpeaks

    Sai Baba! Even the missing results in his file has been found and replaced. This case is as good as dead.