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Court adjourns case on Buhari’s certificate indefinitely

Court adjourns case on Buhari’s certificate indefinitely
June 16
12:29 2016

‎Adeniyi Ademola, justice of the federal high court in Abuja, has adjourned a suit challenging the veracity of the academic credentials of President Muhammadu Buhari indefinitely.

In his ruling on Thursday, Adeniyi said that the case was being adjourned indefinitely, following a notice of appeal filed by the president.

On Wednesday, Buhari had appealed against a previous ruling of the court dismissing his preliminary objection to the suit filed by Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, an Abuja-based lawyer.

The bottom-line of Nwokocha’s suit is that Buhari was not qualified to run for president because he did not possess the minimum qualification to run for the office.


He is alleging that Buhari did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961.

Senior lawyers lined up by the president to argue his case are Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Lateef O. Fagbemi (SAN), Akin Olujinmi (SAN), Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu (SAN), Kola Awodein (SAN), Taiwo Osipitan (SAN).

Others are Charles Edosomwan (SAN), Emeka Ngige (SAN), Femi Atoyebi (SAN), Femi Falana (SAN), Funke Aboyade (SAN), H.O. Afolabi


In the buildup to the 2015 presidential election, there was controversy over the academic credentials of Buhari even before he became president.

The president allegedly did not include his WASC certificate in the binder of documents he tendered to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as required for‎ candidates in an election.

He instead wrote to INEC saying that his secondary school certificate was with the military board, but the military‎ board claimed it did not have the document in its possession, thus setting the stage‎ for this present legal battle.



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