Court Removes Legal Hurdles against Buhari's Participation in Saturday's Polls


A Federal High Court in Abuja has finally cleared the hurdles for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress APC, General Muhammadu Buhari to participate in the Saturday Presidential Polls.

The court has finally adjourned further hearing in the suit seeking to disqualify Buhari till April 22 and 23.
This adjournment has finally laid to rest the speculation that the court would be used to stop Buhari from taking part in the Saturday polls.

About four different plaintiffs have approached the court seeking to disqualify Buhari from participating in the presidential polls over alleged certificate forgery and perjury‎.

The trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola at the resumed hearing Tuesday refused the joinder application brought by one pro-democracy activist, Ebunoluwa Adegoruwa and another lawyer, Chukwuma Ochu seeking to be joined in the matter.

Ruling on their application, the court held that none of the parties seeking to be joined had shown enough interest that could warrant their joinder.

The court described them as interlopers and busy bodies.

It was on that note that the court refused their application.

The court later adjourned till April 22 and 23 for hearing of the matter against Buhari.

One Chika Okafor had dragged Buhari to court seeking to disqualify him from participating the March 28 presidential election over alleged certificate forgery and perjury.

While the case was pending, APC applied to be joined and was consequently joined as a co-defendant.

Buhari through his counsel, Wole Olanipekun SAN had also challenged the mode of service of court papers on him and also the order to abridge time.

APC through its counsel, Lateef Fagbemi SAN had also filed a preliminary objection as to entertaining the suit by the court.
The court had earlier fixed Tuesday for the ruling on abridgement of time and mode of service of the process on Buhari.

But at the resumed hearing, Ebunoluwa Adegoruwa had brought an application for joinder.

He premised his application on the grounds that he was a pro-democracy activist and wants to ensure that all the candidates were granted equal right.

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