Court begins hearing of President Buhari’s impeachment on Nov 26

President Muhammadu Buhari

A Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, has fixed Nov. 26 for the hearing of a suit, seeking to compel the National Assembly to begin impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari.

A lawyer, Kanmi Ajibola, and an activist, Mr Sulaiman Adeniyi had instituted a suit against the president, seeking an order of the court to compel the National Assembly, to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president for failure to meet basic requirement to occupy the presidency seat.

The applicants had written the upper and the lower chambers, alleging constitutional breaches by the president.

In the motion ex-parte, they contended that in flagrant violation of the 1999 constitution, President Buhari contested the election, won and was sworn in as the president on May 29, 2015, without possessing the basic constitutional requirement, which would have made him qualified for the contest of the election.

The applications in the suit, are further contending that “In the light of the 4th respondent’s placement to continue in the office as the president, he has no certificate and basic requirement upon which this placement to continue in the office can be placed.”

The duo accused the president of treating the orders of the court with disdain and that the President abuses the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at will, particularly from the angle of the observance of the federal character as contained in section 14 of the constitution.

When the case came up on Tuesday, Counsel to the applicants, Samuel Echeonwu, told the court that counsel to the respondents has not served him the process for their objections.

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The presidency, represented by Solomon Ogunlowo, appealed to the court for time to enable him to serve the applicants notice of preliminary objections, so that the matter can proceed on the next adjournment.

The presiding Justice Maurine Onyetenu adjourned the matter to Nov. 26 for the hearing of the suit.

From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo

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