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Muhammadu Buhari Presidential candidate's eligibility suit set for March 23

Federal High Court in Abuja has pencilled March 23 to rule whether or not it has jurisdiction to hear the suit against Muhammadu Buhari, challenging his eligibility to contest in the 2015 general elections.

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Federal High Court in Abuja has pencilled March 23 to rule whether or not it has jurisdiction to hear the suit filed by Chukwuwike Okafor and Donald Daunamigba, who are challenging the eligibility of retired General Muhammadu Buhari to contest in the 2015 general elections.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola would also rule on a request by the plaintiff to merge all the applications in the lawsuit

At the resumed hearing of two suits filed by Chukwunweike Okafor and Donald Daunamigba, their lawyer Mike Ozekhome (SAN) told the court that he had received a number of preliminary objections and applications for joinder in the suit

He, however, asked the court for accelerated hearing in view of the fact that the general elections are barely a week away.

But lawyer to the All Progressive Congress (APC), Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and that of retired General Muhammadu Buhari, Lateef Fagbemi were quick to reject the application.

According to them, there are conditions precedent to the hearing and determination of a suit, arguing that it is not a must in law that a pre-election matter must be determined before the said election.

After listening to all parties, Justice Adeniyi Ademola adjourned to March 23 to rule on the application.

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