A group, Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, from swearing-in the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
The suit is also seeking an order to nullify the certificate of return issued to Buhari by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
They filed the suit on the allegation that Buhari did not qualify to contest the presidential election because he gave false information about his academic qualifications to INEC. The Group’s lawyer, Mr. Philip Ekpo, alleged that Buhari did not meet the qualification in the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act to stand for the March 28, 2015 presidential election.
Buhari, INEC, the CJN are the 1st to the 3rd respondents in the suit respectively. The group wants an order of interim injunction restraining the CJN or “any person acting in his capacity” from swearing in Buhari as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2015 or any other date thereof pending the determination of the motion on notice.