Two plaintiffs in the three pending suits challenging the eligibility of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to contest the March 28, 2015 presidential election have thrown in the towel.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who presided over the matter at the Federal High Court in Abuja, subsequently struck out the matter after the plaintiffs indicated their intention to withdraw the suits yesterday.
Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, who represented one of the plaintiffs, told the judge that his client decided to withdraw his suit to afford the incoming government time to focus on the “enormous task” of governance and to avoid unnecessary distractions.
When the second case, which was filed by Max Ozoaka, was called, his lawyer, Dr. Chike Amobi, also hinged his request on a similar ground for withdrawing the suit.
With the development, the remaining eligibility suit against Buhari is the one filed by Ayakeme Whiskey (FHC/ABJ/CS/68/15).
As of the time of filing this report, no date was fixed for the hearing of the suit.
Buhari, who contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, defeated President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP
The plaintiffs had asked the court to declare Buhari ineligible to contest the election on the basis of his alleged failure to submit his academic certificate along with his Form CF001 to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The plaintiffs claimed that Buhari’s failure to submit the certificate contravened the provisions of sections 131 and 318 of the 1999 Constitution and section 31(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended.

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