Judiciary Resisted Attempts To Stop Buhari’s Election in 2015

Nigerian President,Muhammadu Buhari in a Presidential campaign rally in 2015
Nigerian President,Muhammadu Buhari in a Presidential campaign rally in 2015

Justice Ibrahim Auta, the outgoing Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, has said that the court resisted attempts to prevent President Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Auta stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at a special court session to usher in the 2017/2018 legal year.

He said that the court stood firm by insisting that candidates be allowed to test their popularity at the polls.

He said, “Despite all pressures to stop certain members of the National Assembly as a result of their abandonment of the party that brought them into power, the court insisted that every candidate must be allowed to test his/her popularity.

“Secondly, the attempt to stop the president from contesting was rejected by this court.

“This is because, we in the Federal High Court preferred a level playing ground to all candidates.”

According to him, it is this option and insistence of this court that has kept the country together during and after the election.

He further said that the nation owed the judiciary the debt of gratitude for the unity of the nation.

Mr. Auta also said that as part of efforts to enhance the speedy dispensation of justice, the court appointed 30 judges, saying that that this has impacted positively on the court.

The outgoing chief judge disclosed that the appointment of 10 more judges of the court was underway as the process was already 80 per cent complete.

He urged the judges to remain steadfast and firm by dispensing justice without fear or favour and always considering the law and not personalities when deciding cases.

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), in his speech, said that the Federal High Court had contributed immensely to effective and efficient justice delivery in the country.

Mr. Malami, who was represented by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, said an efficient and incorruptible judiciary was necessary to achieve meaningful development.

The AGF, who is also the Minister of Justice, urged the judges to deliver judgments in accordance with the law with firmness.

He pledged the support of his office in ensuring that the Federal High Court remained the court of refuge for the common man.

Joe Gadzama (SAN), who represented the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, said that the new legal year was an avenue for stock taking to review areas where mistakes were made with a view to correcting them.

He commended the nation’s judiciary, describing it as the best in the world, adding that the Federal High Court had the highest impact in the country.



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  • Frank Bassey

    Well stated. Generations unborn will unravel this truth. The Judiciary did Buhari a favour, but disservice to the nation by not insisting on his providing evidence of his WASC Certificate. What this means is that at no time in future will the Judiciary insist on a politician running for any office to show evidence of his educational qualification. Stating the qualification on INEC form should be sufficient. The President turned round to fight the Judiciary that brought him to power; what goes round must complete the cycle.

    • Sword of Damocles

      As much as I have lost much enthusiasm for President Buhari, we must remember that it was him or circus clown Jonathan(a man who has kept mute vis a vis his NNPC chief(Diezani’s) DESTRUCTION of Nigeria revenue earning capacity). These are the choices Nigeria has faced in its 57 yr history, and will face again in 2019, barring a miracle from our Creator. No one will in their right mind would vote for any man other than Buhari (as ineffective/sick as he has been). Now do you see how problematic Nigeria’s political situation is? in a country of almost 200 MILLION people, and we cannot name an HONEST MAN/ WOMAN Politician. WHAT A COUNTRY!!! REVULSION… (please someone, help me and name a honest politician who could be President (no Jokes)

      • chiemex

        what we need is more of competence no man is a saint. Keep your hypocritical honesty for the gods

        • Sword of Damocles

          keep your nonsensical comments to ur ilk & GTFL, kapisch? u obviously do not know the meaning of Hypocrisy”

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Just ignore the ignoramous. You have made sense with your submission.

          • Bako

            Hypocrisy is you.

      • Frank Bassey

        You are wrong; damn wrong. That you do not know any does not mean none exists. Nigerians are getting wiser. I foresee a situation Nigerians will put sentiments aside and demand for a leader that will lead by example . Former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, is a man of exemplary leadership. I did not allude to Buhari’s sickness. When he failed to make the Presidency on the platform of CPC, I knew he will be one of them, in a different way sha!

        • Sword of Damocles

          One thing that I have concluded is that We are severely lacking in Leadership , and it has been like this for quite a while. I would like to see a new generation of leaders. I am tired of the current bunch who just wont go away. its like a recurring NIGHTMARE

          • Frank Bassey

            In your earlier submission, you upvoted Buhari as the only cock that crows in the wilderness of awful mankind for now. You also politely bragged that he remains your choice. But the point is this, Jonathan was voted out because he was WICC (Weak, Incompetent, Corrupt and Clueless). We needed someone who is Strong, Competent, Saintly and Focused. Buhari told us he can do it. In fact, Nigerians looked up to him as one who can reconfigure the entire space and give the people a new life. That was the concept of CHANGE. But it has turned out that the man was decorated with borrowed robes. He is not what we had painted him. That is worrisome. With the volume of goodwill he enjoyed from generality of Nigerians, one would have expected the real change. But his inability to rise beyond primordial, ethnic sentiment; vendetta and strategic pretense leaves a sour taste in one’s mouth. I voted for him when my immediate kinsmen in Akwa-Ibom pitched tents with PDP. But, the little respect I have for him fizzled out after the NNPC matter. I do not believe Nigeria is short of materials for quality leadership; in due time, we shall see them.

      • Frank Bassey

        Jonathan is gone; and gone for good. That is not the point now. The point is that someone promised, or vowed, to make a CHANGE and was given the opportunity. He spent half a year before setting up his cabinet. Many things went wrong during that dangling period. He is engaged in selective fight against corruption. He thrives in nepotism as if impunity is style of life to be emulated. Can you see how he handled Babachir Lawal and Ayodele Oke cases? What signal did he send by that act? Do you blame clown Jonathan for it, too? What happened at NNPC shows the mind of his. The clown Jonathan has been removed. We now have a Tiger in power. How market?

      • Bako

        Has your god collected the nations wealth from IGp idris as he keeps mute while N2oo billion goes down yearl in his pocket. This is ‘your honesty’

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    If we are to listen to the Gejites, it was Hero that allowed democracy to thrive and not the law courts.

    They have the same attention span as gold fish in a bowl.

    They won’t even remember the Orubebe tantrum as part of the Otuoke clown’s land mines to scatter the elections.

  • Bako

    What is this man saying? That he is not a judge in the Nigerian court but a politician?! Oh my God – that you have a case or cases in court and you leave the evidences and begin to do another thing turning the cases into games where you arrogate to yourself what you want and not what the evidences are showing?! What a disgrace to the judiciary! This is how illiteracy is ruling in the land now and imposing suffering and poverty everywhere. So that Kwakwaso rigging in Kano is called popularity!