- The plaintiffs and their counsel abandoned their suit.
- Case dismissed for lacking merit.
Justice Danlami Senchi of the High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination and eligibility to contest the 2019 Presidential Election for lacking in merit.
The court ruled on Friday that Buhari’s emergence as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains valid, and subsequent election contest in a suit which also joined the APC and its Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The suit filed by Ozuzu Theodora, Udichukwu Obina, Peter Oduba and Zaro Melchizedek, under the platform of Democracy, Human Rights, Anti-Corruption, Integrity Advocates (DHRACIA) havs witnessed the presentation of three questions for determination.
They prayed the court to declare that by virtue of the provisions of Sections 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004, the direct cash of N45 million as nomination fee by President Buhari was illegal and unlawful.
Specially, the plaintiffs also prayed that President Buhari’s candidature under the platform of the APC should be declared null and void, since the money used to get the form was direct.
They are also averred that the money used in the purchase of the form was in excess of the authorised cash limit for either an individual or corporate body.
They also prayed for an order setting aside or nullifying the nomination of the President for the 2019 election and declare it illegal, unlawful and lacking in due process.
Jutice who dismissed the suit for lacking merit also dismissed the suit on the grounds that the petitioners refused to show up in court to defend their suit on two occasions particularly on May 17 and May 24.
The Judge held that the court also lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
“The plaintiffs and their counsel abandoned their suit. I am satisfied that the plaintiffs were fully aware that this matter comes up today.
“The court has no jurisdiction to entertain this matter, this suit is hereby dismissed,’’ he held.