Court in Rivers State Dismisses Certificate Suit Against Pres. Buhari

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A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has struck out the case aiming to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from the 2019 elections over circumstances surrounding his school certificate.

Lezina Amegua, who is a lawyer had prayed the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to disqualify the President.

Amegua had sought an order from the court for the President to produce his original school certificate and master sheet of the said results before the court and for INEC to also release receipt of its record of same documents submitted by the President. However, the trial judge, Justice Ishaq Sani, struck out the case for lack of merit.

The trial judge, Justice Sani, in his ruling said;

“the concept of locus standi focuses not on the merit of the case, but of the person seeking to approach the court. “The essence is to protect the court from being used as playground by professional litigants, busy bodies, meddlesome interlopers and cranks that have no real stake or interest in the subject matter of the litigation they seek to pursue.

“I agree with learned counsel for the fourth defendant that the plaintiff has no relationship with the reliefs in this suit and to grant same as rightly submitted would amount to opening the floodgates for the institution of actions, whether or not it affects the right of the plaintiff.

“There must be a dispute between a person who makes a claim and the one against whom the claim is made and the action must be justifiable. “Plaintiff must show that the act complained of affects rights and obliga-tions peculiar or personal thereto. He must also show that his private rights have been infringed upon or there is a threat of such infringement or injury.”

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