A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has struck out the case seeking to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from the 2019 elections over circumstances surrounding his school certificate.
A lawyer, Lezina Amegua, had pleaded the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, to disqualify the President, but the trial judge, Justice Ishaq Sani, struck out the case for lack of merit.
Respondents in the suit were All Progressives Congress,(APC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Amegua, the lawyer had sought an order of the court for the President to produce his original school certificate or its equivalent and master sheet of the said results before the court and for INEC to also tender receipt of its record of same documents or its equivalent submitted to it by the President.
Justice Sani in his ruling, said the plaintiff from the facts deposed to his affidavit in support, did not show how production of the first defendant’s original school certificate or its equivalent affects his interest as an individual.
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.