he Court of Appeal in Abuja has fixed February 22, 2022, for hearing of the appeal seeking to void President Muhammadu Buhari’s election.
The Incorporated Trustees of the Civil Society Observatory for Constitutional and Legal Compliance (CSOCLC) is contending that if the court agrees with its submissions, it should direct the inauguration of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who came second in the 2019 General Elections, to the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A three-member panel of justices presided by Justice Peter Ige, during the hearing, directed proper service of court papers on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Buhari.
Counsel to the appellants in the matter, Nnamdi Ahaiwe had informed the court that the respondents, who appeared during the initial hearing on January 14, were duly served with the processes and endorsed at the back.
But Justice Ige said, “file afresh and serve the respondents. The law enjoins us to see real prof of service.”
The civil society had brought the appeal challenging the judgement of the high court dismissing its earlier suit where it contended that President Buhari’s personal affidavit sworn to on November 24, 2014 at the FCT High Court Abuja in support of his personal particulars contained a false statement under oath “when he averred that his academic qualification documents are with the ‘Secretary of the Military Board’.”