JUST IN: Appeal Court Strikes Out Buhari’s Certificate Suit

The Court of Appeal, Abuja division has Struck out a suit brought before it challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s academic qualification.

A three-member panel led by Justice AtinukeAkomolafe-Wilson ruled on Friday that the application was outside the specified time for pre-election matters.

This is coming after the panel had entertained arguments from the appellants on Wednesday.

The applicants, Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy Kyari el-Kuris, had approached the appellate court after a Federal High Court dismissed their application on the grounds that it was brought outside the specified period of time.

Mohammed Idris, who read the judgement on behalf of the three-member panel, stated that the court concurred with the high court and struck out the motion.

“We have decided to settle on the preliminary objection. To determine the issue, we have to pay serious attention to when the cause of action arose.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the cause of action arose on October 18 when the documents said to be false that is the Curriculum Vitae and affidavit were submitted to INEC in form CF001,” the court ruled.

The court added that based on section 285 (9) of the 1999 Constitution, the case was brought later than the stipulated period of 14 days when a pre-election matter ought to have been brought.

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