An Abuja-based lawyer, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaiwe, has on Thursday withdrawn a suit seeking an order from a Federal High Court in Abuja to declare President Muhammadu Buhari as not qualified to contest the last year’s presidential election for allegedly not possessing requisite education qualification.
The plaintiff had alleged that Buhari was not qualified to contest the 2015 presidential election – which he won – as he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 as he claimed.
The application was filed on June 27.
However, at the resumed sitting on Thursday, presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola struck out the case in a short ruling following the plaintiff’s notice of discontinuance of the case.
Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe declared his intention to withdraw the suit, though he failed to adduce any reason behind the decision.
“Following the notice of discontinuance filed by the plaintiff, pursuant to Order 50 Rule (2)(1) of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2009, this suit is hereby struck out,” Justice Ademola ruled after listening to parties.
Buhari was said to have been represented by over a dozen senior advocate of Nigeria, led by Wole Olanipekun.
The team also had Femi Falana, Lateef Fagbemi, Akin Olujinmi, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Kola Awodein, Taiwo Osipitan, Charles Edosomwan, Emeka Ngige, Femi Atoyebi, Femi Falana, Funke Aboyade, H.O. Afolabi, and Muiz Banire.