Appeal court strikes out suit challenging Buhari’s academic qualification

Appeal court strikes out suit challenging Buhari’s academic qualification

Yusuf Bello|

The court of appeal on Friday struck out a suit challenging the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last presidential election on basis of his academic qualification.

The suit filed by Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy Kyari el-Kuris had
earlier been struck out at the lower court.

Delivering Judgement on the suit, a three-member panel led by Atinuke Akomolafe-Wilson agreed with the decision of the lower court that the case was brought later than the stipulated period of 14 days when a pre-election matter ought to have been instituted.

The Judge said, “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.”

She further held that, “serious” attention has to be paid to when the cause of action arose and that the court could not accord itself any jurisdiction outside that given to it by the law.