The Supreme Court dismissed on Monday the demand for perjury filed against President Muhammadu Buhari for his claims on form 001 that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the presidential elections on February 23.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also established, agreed, and argued that the petition was a pre-election matter and that it was even filed undisputedly outside the 14 days provided by law and, therefore, had no status.
However, the petition was also filed against Muhammadu Buhari in a private capacity and not as President Muhammadu Buhari.
On this premise, the superior court said that it was even wrong for Buhari to hire the services of a senior lawyer in the Federal Ministry of Justice to represent him in his private capacity.
But the appellants are Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail, and Hassy El-Kuris. The trio had approached the Supreme Court to cancel President Buhari’s candidacy in the newly concluded presidential poll on accusations of perjury.
The defendants in the lawsuit are Muhammadu Buhari, ruler of the All Progressive Congress, APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The President of Justice, Mary Odili, in her ruling, said: “The withdrawn appeal is at this moment dismissed. President Buhari hiring the services of a senior state attorney of the Ministry of Justice to represent him in his private capacity is a clear violation of the provision of the Office of the Code of Conduct, CCB, for public officials. “