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Appeal Court Gives Buhari, APC 5 Days To Respond To Certificate Fraud Suit


The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, Monday, gave President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress [APC] five days each to respond to the appeal filed against the president with regards to his academic qualification for the 2019 presidential election.

The court, presided over by Justice Datti Yahaya, also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] to respond to the suit in which it is a respondent.

President Buhari, who was the candidate for the APC in the presidential election, had his educational qualification of the president for the election challenged by three appellants—Agu Kalu, Labaran Ismail, and Hassy El-Kuris.

The decision of the appellate court followed a motion on notice filed by counsel to the appellants, Barr. Uchenna Ndubuisi.

Barr. Ndubuisi prayed the Court to abridge the time within which Buhari, APC, and INEC will join issues with the appellants on the certificate suit.

Justice Yahaya also ordered Buhari’s counsel, Abdullahi Abubakar, to, within the period, file necessary processes in relation to the appeal filed against Buhari’s qualification.

The trio of Kalu, Ismail, and El-Kuris had approached the appellate court to nullify and set aside the Judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which declined to hear their suit challenging the educational qualification of Buhari before the 2019 general elections.

The appellants argued that the processes filed by Buhari, which was used to strike out their suit, were not competent.

The Federal High Court had on May 2, 2019, declined to grant the request of the appellants on the grounds that the suit was not filed within the time allowed by law.

Not satisfied with the ruling, they, therefore, asked the appellate court to reverse the judgment of Justice Ahmed Mohammed.

The court is adjourned to July 8 for the hearing of the appeal.

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