The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the preliminary objections filed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the case filed against him challenging his competence to stand election into the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when he lacks the basic educational qualifications set out in the constitution.
Justice Ademola Adeniyi on Thursday, May 26, 2016 dismissed the preliminary objections filed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the case instituted against him, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/110/2015 by an Abuja based Legal Practitioner, Barrister Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe.
This development was received with shock by the presidency as members of Buhari’s government had forgotten about the existence of the court case.
The Trent learnt that panic has hit Aso Rock as the court ruling took President Buhari and his aides by surprise. The source says that this ruling has posed a big distraction for government activities at the Presidential Villa.
“Nobody even knew the case was still on”. The story was not even reported in the mainstream media. No paper carried the Thursday ruling. But I can tell you the Presidency is rattled and seriously hoping that the case does not resurface again in the public domain because of the huge embarrassment it could cause the President. Source: The Trent.
Opinion: President Buhari now enjoys immunity of office, wondering what the court would do with this case. Above all, President Buhari is qualified to contest election. Except for distraction purposes or for media hype, this case will not go far. But it would interesting to hear the arguments of both sides, and what the Judge decides.
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