Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday heaved a sigh of relief as the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal challenging his academic qualification to contest the last presidential election.
A three-man panel of the court headed by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson unanimously affirmed the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which had dismissed the suit on the grounds that it was statute-barred and therefore could not be determined.
The appeal was filed by three Nigerians – Kalu Kalu Agu, Labaran Ismail, Hassy Jyari El-Kunis.
Justice Mohammed Idris of the appeal court, delivery judgement, held that matter had become statute barred, having not been filed within the 14 days after the cause of action arose as stipulated under section 285(9) of the Nigerian Constitution.
According to the learned justice, the cause of action arose on October 18 2018, when Buhari submitted his Form CF001, curriculum vitae and a supporting affidavit to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, after emerging as the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate.
The appellants, challenging the judgment of the lower court, only filed their suit before the said lower court on November 5, 2018, which was outside the 14 days period from October 18, 2018, he noted.