Barely 48 hours to change of baton, a civil society organisation, the Incorporated Trustees of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, yesterday, applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed from swearing the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari as president on May 29.
In a suit filed by its lawyer, Mr. Philip Ekpo, the group said Buhari did not meet the qualification enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act to have contested the position of the president of Nigeria at the 2015 general elections.
In the suit, Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Chief Justice of Nigeria are listed as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Respondents, respectively.
The group asked for an order of interim injunction restraining the 3rdRespondent or any person acting in his capacity from swearing in the 1stRespondent as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29th, 2015 or any other date thereof, pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.
It also asked the court to hold that the information contained in Buhari’s Affidavit deposed to on 24th November, 2014 stating that his West African School Leaving Certificate, WASC, is with the Secretary to the Military Board amounts to False Information.
The case was filed yesterday and was yet to be assigned to any judge.


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