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Court strikes out certificate case against Buhari

 By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

 A plaintiff challenging the veracity of the academic credentials of President Muhammadu Buhari; Mr Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe has withdrawn his suit file before the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, had by the suit, sought to disqualify Buhari from the 2015 presidential elections on the ground that he failed to exhibit his West African School Certificate (WASC) in the form he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 

At the presumed hearing of the case on Thursday, Chikodi Okey Orji, representing the plaintiff, moved a motion for discontinuance of the case though he was silent on the reason for his decision to discontinue the case. 

Following his application, Justice Adeniyi Ademola struck out the case. 

By virtue of “Section 50(2) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure Rules, this matter is hereby struck out,” the judge said. 

Justice Ademola had on June 16, adjourned further proceedings in the case indefinitely following the appeal filed against his ruling by lawyers representing Buhari. 

On June 15, Buhari had appealed against a previous ruling of the court dismissing the President’s preliminary objection and held that proper service of processes was effected on the President.

It was the plaintiff’s main contention that Buhari was not qualified to run for president because he did not possess the minimum qualification to run for the office.

He had alleged that Buhari did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate WASC) in 1961.

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