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2019: Another suit seeks Buhari’s disqualification


2019: Another suit seeks Buhari’s disqualification

Another suit has been filed in court seeking for the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the presidential election in 2019 over his failure to submit his secondary school certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The chairman of Action Peoples Party (APP) and national spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Imo Ugochinyere, filed the suit before the Federal High Court, praying that Buhari should not be allowed to run in the presidential race should he fail to submit his West African Examination Council (WARC) certificate to the INEC for scrutiny.
Defendants in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
No date has been fixed for the suit copy of which was made available to newsmen on Thursday.
Arguing that the rules must not be bent for anybody contesting for political office, the applicant is praying for an order of the court to compel WAEC to produce certified true copy of the ledger containing all the students of the Provincial Secondary School Katsina who sat for the 1961 examination alongside Buhari.
Ugochinyere is also asking the court to nullify the INEC publication of President Buhari’s name as one of the candidates for the 2019 election because he was not educated up to the minimum requirement and did not provide any evidence of his being educated up to at least school certificate level or its equivalent.
This came even as Ugochinyere had also on Thursday alleged that some chieftains of the APC party are making moves to tamper with records in WAEC and upload a computer designed result which is aimed at misleading the public.
He therefore asked INEC to preserve their age long integrity by resisting any move to doctor the results of students who sat for the 1961 exam.
“This desperate last minute attempt by the APC leadership is to avert the disgrace and humiliation their candidate will suffer at the ongoing law suit which they have no defense,” he said.
Recall that a Lagos-based lawyer, Itesede Okhai, had earlier also approached the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking an order disqualifying President Buhari from contesting the 2019 presidential election for his failure to provide his secondary school certificate.

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