President Muhammadu Buhari has been given five days to respond to the appeal filed against his qualification for the 2019 presidential election.
The Court of Appeal Abuja division today gave the order while also stating that the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must join in responding to all issues raised on the educational qualification of the President in the election.
Buhari’s counsel, Mr Abdullahi Abubakar, was also asked to file necessary processes in relation to the appeal, within the given period.
The appeal was filed by Agu Kalu, Labaran Ismail, and Hassy El-Kuris.
Justice Datti Yahaya’s decision was necessitated by motion on notice filed by counsel to the appellants, Mr. Uchenna Ndubuisi.
Ndubuisi prayed the Court of Appeal in the motion to abridge time within which Buhari, APC, and INEC will join issues with the appellants on the certificate suit.
Abubakar and Mr Temitayo Lasaki counsel for APC had urged the appellate court in their response to the motion to give them five days to enable them to file their respondents’ brief of argument along with other processes so as to set the stage for the hearing of the substantive appeal.
Kalu, Ismail and El-Kuris had approached the appellate court to nullify and set aside the Judgment of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court.
The lower court had declined to hear their suit instituted to challenge the educational qualification of President Buhari before the conduct of the 2019 general election.
The appellants in their appeal are asking the appellate court to reverse the judgment of Justice Ahmed Mohammed on the grounds that the processes filed by Buhari and used to strike out their suit were not competent.