Disqualification Suits: Court Orders Paper Served On GEJ

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court has ordered
that court documents in a fresh suit seeking to disqualify President Goodluck
Jonathan from seeking re-election in the March 28 poll should be served on him, Premium Times reports.
The court said the papers should either be served on the
president through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, or
the Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.
The suit, FHC/ABJ/CS/1112/2015, instituted by Nkemjika Nkemjika
was assigned to the court on Friday. The defendants in the suit apart from Mr.
Jonathan are his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, and the Independent
National Electoral Commission, INEC.

A separate suit had earlier been filed seeking Mr. Jonathan’s
disqualification from the presidential race before the court and another is
also pending at the Court of Appeal.

Buhari’s court case’ outcome
The All Progressives Congress and its presidential
candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, have opposed the orders of a Federal High Court in
Abuja, directing that they be served through substituted means in the suit
challenging Mr. Buhari’s eligibility to stand for the March 28 presidential
poll, Premium Times reports.
The Judge of a Federal High Court Abuja, Adeniyi Ademola,
had in two separate suits challenging Mr. Buhari’s eligibility to contest the
election, last week granted ex parte orders permitting the plaintiffs,
Chukwunweike Okafor and Max Ozoaka, to serve Mr. Buhari and the APC through
newspaper publications.
The court had also granted an order of abridgment of time
within which the defendants must respond to the suits.
The electoral empire, Independent National Electoral
Commission, was also joined in the suit as defendants.
Counsels to Mr. Buhari and the APC informed the court Monday
that they would file applications challenging the competence of the suits and
the entire steps taken so far, including the orders of service through
substituted means.
Their lawyers, Wole Olanipekun and Lateef Fagbemi, urged the
court to adjourn the matter to enable them to file all the necessary documents.
The judge adjourned the suits to February 23.

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