The controversy over General Muhamed Buhari’s certificate has taken a new dimension, as an Abuja Lawyer, Mr. Chike Okafor has approached the Federal High Court to disqualify General Buhari from contesting the 2015 Presidential Elections.
The case is Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/01/2015. It is based on Section 131 of the Constitution which prescribes a minimum qualification for nomination to participate in Presidential Elections and Section 31 of the Electoral Act that stipulates all Presidential Candidates to depose an Affidavit in proof of compliance with constitutional requirement to be President of Nigeria.
The Claimant claims that General Buhari failed to prove that he has the minimum educational qualification to run for President. The Claimant further claims that General Buhari’s Affidavit that he possesses the West African School Leaving Certificate (WASC) are false, as not only did he not attach it to his Nomination Form, as compulsorily required, but his claim that the Certificates are in the custody of the Military has been denied by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Olajide Laleye.
Mr. Okafor has requested the Federal High Court to disqualify General Buhari from contesting at the 2015 General Elections. This is provided by Section 31(5) of the Electoral Act that allows a person that has reasonable grounds to believe that false information has been given by a candidate in his Affidavit or document submitted to INEC, in support of his Nomination Form, to approach the Court for the candidate to be disqualified.