WASSCE Certificate Saga: Buhari Makes Move


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President Buhari has appealed the ruling of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja who on May 26, 2016 dismissed his preliminary objection in a suit filed against him by an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe.

Buhari’s legal team, led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), filed a notice of appeal at the Abuja judicial division of the appellate court on seven grounds of appeal.

In February 2015, Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe filed a suit challenging the competence of Buhari to stand election into the office of president of Nigeria when he lacks the basic educational qualifications set out in the Constitution.

He prayed the court to, among others, declare that Buhari is unqualified to aspire to the position of president because he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC), in 1961 as he claimed.

However, checks at the registry of the Federal High Court, Abuja showed that the plaintiff has filed an application to amend his originating summons to include prayers for the nullification of the election of Buhari.

Members of the president’s legal team are Lateef O. Fagbemi (SAN), Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu (SAN), Kola Awodein (SAN), Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), Charles Edosomwan (SAN), Emeka Ngige (SAN), Femi Atoyebi (SAN), Femi Falana (SAN), Funke Aboyade (SAN), H.O. Afolabi (SAN), Muiz Banire (SAN), and 10 other counsel.

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