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APC, PDP disagree over alleged plot to disqualify Buhari

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OPPOSITION All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party yesterday disagreed over an alleged plot to disqualify APC’s presidential candidate, Major General Muhammadu Buhari to pave the way for an easy victory for President Goodluck Jonathan or even another postponement of the elections.

APC had earlier alleged in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed of a plot to procure a judgement to disqualify its presidential candidate today when the Federal High Court in Abuja is expected to rule on the issue, warning that those thinking of such “satanic” move should perish the idea in the interest of the country.

Mohammed said those nursing the idea of using the back door to stop Buhari from contesting in the Saturday presidential poll simply do not want the sustenance of democratic governance in the country.

APC alleged, ‘’If it is true, as it is being widely speculated across the country, that the Jonathan administration has procured a judgement to disqualify the APC presidential candidate today, when the Federal High Court in Abuja is expected to rule on the issue, then it portends a great danger for our country.

It said, “In addition to other reasons, the six-week postponement of the elections may have been used by those who never wanted the polls to hold in the first instance to shop for such a satanic judgement.

However, in a swift reply, Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said APC spokesperson, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has told yet another lie about the speculated disqualification.

Fani-Kayode said, “What on earth is our business with Buhari’s court case? We know that he does not have a certificate and that he was not eligible to contest but we have moved on from there and we are ready to meet him in the field. The truth is that the APC are suffering from all manner of paranoia and they have lost touch with reality.

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Former Abia State governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (left) Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Chris Ngige during APC South-East Zonal presidential rally in Owerri, Imo State …on Monday.

“Frankly they deserve to be pitied. They see government conspiracies everywhere and they have become prisoners of their own wild hallucinations. The truth is that we are not in the least bit interested in General Buhari’s travails at the court and we are not in a position to influence the decision of the judge or the outcome of the case one way or the other.

Meanwhile, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday granted a motion filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking to be joined as a co-defendant to a suit filed by the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

UPN had filed the suit to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to list candidates of the party for March 28 and April 11 general elections.

The trial judge also granted a similar application filed by the APC’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari seeking to be joined as a co-defendant to the suit.

While ruling on the motion for joinder, Justice Abang held that ‎assuming without deciding that the suit succeeds, the implication would be that all the electoral materials already printed and distributed by INEC in preparation for the elections would have to be destroyed and new ones printed.



33 Comments
  • chuck

    APC guys are in trouble.Buhari should be allowed to contest so that in future there will not be requirement from any contestant again.

  • Osanebi Osakuni

    Lai Mohammed is wrong to use the word ‘procured’ because Buhari didn’t attach his certificate as the electoral act requires, rather he perjured by swearing on oath that his certificate was with the Military which turned out to be untrue. This is the pure reality but looking at the National mood, the court may just tread softly and pretend all is well even though that is a bad precedence in my honest opinion

    • Festus Ajibade

      My man, u make my day. U have said it All. u are an intelligent chap. No more to add. let Lai Mohammed and his co-traveller be deceiving themselves. Buhari lied on oath. simple but becos of the mood of the Nation the learned judge may look the other way to allow peace to reign. My thumb up for u again.

      • Etnac Ent

        What if the certificate issue was the other way round? Trust Nigerians , they will tell you GEJ cannot run for an election and should be disqualified. Now they are telling us the certificate issue is not important. Which way Nigeria?

    • New Nigerian

      …as bad as allowing Jonathan to continue in office after the judges found out he lost the last election to Buhari?

  • marvel

    if Buhari did not submit a school leaving certificate to INEC. I wonder the kind of change he wants to impact in Nigeria…How will he face corruption? Our elders says charity begins at home. To gain admission into any Nigeria University one must have 5credit that include Maths and English …Remember Former Speaker Sanusi Buhari was impeach for certificate forgery….from Toronto

    • New Nigerian

      We never had s speaker called “Sanusi” Buhari…check your facts and while at it, stop the stupidity that will allow Jonathan to continue with his oil gate

  • Sunny0099

    3 DAYS TO PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS!!!
    GROWING REASONS WHY NIGERIANS NEEDS TO PLEASE VOTE CHANGE (PVC)…..
    1. The Chibok Girls
    2. NNPC AS GOVT ATM
    3. Police pension fund
    4. Missing $20Billion
    5. $9million Arms deal Embarrassment in SA
    6. EKITIGATE Election fraud
    7. Immigration job SCAM (He is just meeting the victims and dolling out money )
    8.DEPLETING External Reserves.
    9. Devaluation of Naira to N250 to a $
    10. Oil theft Increase
    11. REWARDING THIEVES with NATIONAL honours and appointments
    12. CRIPPLING OF THE EFCC
    13. REFUSAL TO FIX NIGERIAN REFINERIES
    14. Skyrocketed ELECTRICITY Bills
    15. POLARIZATION OF NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS
    16. STEALING IS NOT CORRUPTION
    17. National Assembly INVASION by Police
    19. Stella Oduah Aviation Scam (THE BULLET PROOF CARS…)
    20. Kerosene subsidy
    21. Last minute fighting of Insurgency
    22. Sentencing soldiers to death for asking for weapons to fight
    23. Directly supporting and paying 10million USD as salary to terorist Asari and Terrorist Tompolo amongst others
    24.
    Palling around with boko haram chieftains in Niger and Dafty’s
    inability to capture, extract information and bring to justice a singe
    captured boko haram fighter up till today
    25. Mrs Dafty’s personal terrorist bombing campaigns in Rivers state (Stoning the opposition)
    26.
    Dafty’s work for the benefits of enemies of Nigeria – Handpicking
    Abacha’s son as PDP candidate for Kano, stoppng FaniKayode,treasury
    looting case and appointing him in his campaign, supporter of Anenih,
    IBB, and other treasury looters who should be in jail
    27. Conversion
    of MOPOL to Meiguard of the rich while the poor wallow in abject
    insecurity; and using regular police, eg. Mbu, as political thugs!
    28.
    Postponing elections by refusing to provide security when in fact,
    elections will last for only one day, and the entire armed forces and
    police in Nigeria could have been deployed to secure just that 10hrs of
    the election day.
    29. Sending troops to look for Sambisa forest in Tinubu’s Ikoyi house
    30. Giving AIT 10billion to air false and negative videos on APC.
    31. REJECTION OF THE CARD READER.
    32. CONFIRMATION OF [ Obanikoro ]THE ELECTION RIGGER as a MINISTER
    33. FAILURE TO PUBLICLY DECLARE his ASSETS saying “I don’t give a damn”
    34. BURNING OF INEC OFFICE.
    35. SPONSORING of ethnic MILITIAS TO STOP POLLS (e.g. MASSOB, OPC)
    36. EMBARASSING PHONE CALL to the Moroccan KING…
    37. Babysitting Boko Haram until it became the global threat it now is with ISIS.
    38. USING the Boko Haram fight as an alibi to further his political ambition.
    39. pardoning of Alams.
    40. Refusing to fight BH until 6 weeks ago.
    41. Refusing to visit NE and military post until 2 months ago

    42.President Jonathan met the National Debt at $26bn, today it is $70bn..
    Jonathan met Excess Crude account at $20bn today is $2bn.
    Jonathan met unemployment rate at 11.8%, today it is 24%.

    43. Jonathan met
    debt servicing at 10%, today debt servicing today is 20%.
    Jonathan met the Naira/Dollar rate at N119. The Naira/Dollar rate today
    is N225– N230.

    44. Jonathan met the poverty level 54%, today poverty level is about 71%.
    Jonathan met recurrent expenditure at 62%, today recurrent expenditure
    is 86%.

    45. Jonathan met the GDP Growth at 11%, today GDP Growth is about
    6%.
    Jonathan met petrol price N65, today petrol price is N87 following its
    recent reduction from N97.46. Today the stock market that was thriving before Jonathan came is down by
    N3.4trillion in 12 months.
    The prognosis for four more years under the same management looks
    nothing but dire

    46. Frittered Away N1 Trillion Of Tax Payers’ Money On Hate Campaign Trying To Defeat Idea Of Change
    47. Deploying SOLDIERS for ELECTION despite COURT ORDER to the CONTRARY

    • New Nigerian

      ..add
      1 – 35,540 Nigerians Boko Haram & collateral deaths
      2 – Oil-theft-guarantee contract to ex-militant (a.k.a Jonathan oil diversion scheme of 400,000+ barrels per day since 2011)..estimated >$60b+

  • Abah Simon

    Why the hubbub over Buhari’s certificate?’

    SIR: Does a degree automatically
    make an individual a great leader? If it does how come Winston Churchill with
    no academic degree and with poor results in high school but armed with a
    military training could mobilize his countrymen and western allies to end the
    second world war, better yet, he was able to rise up to become prime minister
    of the United Kingdom, and authored many books and even won a Nobel prize in
    literature?

    If it does, how come late Alhaji
    Sabo Bakin-Zuwo with barely formal education, a man who could scarcely speak
    the English language could defeat an incumbent governor of Kano State in the
    1980s, the late Alhaji Abubakar Rimi who was, well-educated and sharp?

    If it does how come Nigerians see
    statesmen with various graduate degrees that still find it challenging to read
    speeches they did not help prepare with superfluous intermittent breaks leading
    many a people to question the authenticity of their degrees?

    Nigeria today has gone to a most
    pitiful level of decadence where advisers do not properly guide statesmen to
    concentrate on issues based electioneering. We have quickly forgotten that the
    presidential system requires hard work and only people with vision are chosen
    as advisers.

    It appears that our country has gone
    out of control and we haven’t learnt anything from the civil war that should
    make us live forever in peace just the way great aspiring nations have done in
    recent history.

    If Alhaji Shehu Shagari could grant
    a presidential pardon to Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu as a sign of national
    reconciliation, why can’t the political class leave General Muhammadu Buhari
    be, get down to brass-tacks and engage in politics of issues not Jibber-Jabber
    to move our country forward?

    Tunde Thompson a moment ago as
    reported in the media has chosen to forgive the general for his detention
    during his reign and even advised well-meaning Nigerians to do same for peace.

    Would our degree-certified
    politicians and their bogeymen stop the politics of character assassination in
    our body politic?

    It was Winston Churchill who said
    and I believe it is true that, “sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we
    must do what is required.”

    What is required for our country, to
    lift us out of lassitude is not diversionary campaigns by raising a certificate
    war-cry against the general, what is required is not to have politicians divert
    and pull the wool over the eyes of a trusting follower-ship, what is required
    is not scape-goating clowning around.

    What is required for nation building
    are leaders with vision, countries are as great as their leaders. Nigerians
    need foodstuffs and good governance and accountability and not words.

    We ask for leaders who can provide
    us with security, so that we all can travel across all space without fear, for
    Nigeria can never be great if she cannot provide internal security as well as
    security around her borders. Leaders who can banish ethnicity and
    indigene-ship, so bad that people at festive seasons in states other than that
    of their forebears say that they are travelling home.

    Ironically, most of these persons
    were born in these states, pay taxes there, that notwithstanding, the systemic
    discrimination prevents them from being assimilated into these states and this
    happens all across the country. They can vote for indigenes but cannot be voted
    for.

    The armies of degree qualified
    politicians and their lieutenants have let us down by not campaigning on
    issues, not seeing their opponents regardless of gender, language or religious
    link as one indivisible Homo sapiens and build into the Nigerian consciousness
    the concept of kindness and charity which is truly lacking at the present time.

    If they mean well to stamp out
    ill-will which has been with us since independence, then they must learn to see
    members of the opposing parties as people who hold different views and not
    enemies.

    The problem with Nigeria has always
    been that of a visionless political class and this explains significantly why
    we are not united.

    Simon Abah,

    Port Harcourt, Rivers State

    • Etnac Ent

      You r really funny. If a degree does not matter why don’t you employ a carpenter to work in a bank, A welder to be a medical doctor, a farmer to drill crude. Come on Nigerians face the truth and do not be lairs to yourselves. Just vote who ever you deem fit, but don’t tell us education is not important, then don’t allow any member of you family to be educated. Your views are childish and out-dated .

      • Whalerolex

        Does it mean anyone without a degree is not educated?
        Mind you there is what we call level of education!!
        What is the minimum qualification expected for someone to contest for president in Nigeria according to the constitution? This simply will tell us who is eligible and who’s not.
        A carpenter can work in a bank if he/she has the right qualification.
        You are one of the problems of Nigeria? Change your thinking as its bad to pass this onto your coming generation
        If Buhari says he has certificate but cannot prove it then let him be disqualified.
        Lets stop beating about the bush.

      • Adesiyan Aderemi Olanrewaju

        you too read what you wrote. Does those job you mentioned were along same line?

    • Chris Okim

      Abah Simon.asumming u wer asked to work under the leadership or control of a Primary sch graduan as a graduate…I hope u will atke it in good fate?see Education is an added advantage if u r never aware..Do not compare ur family status with another bcos u will b hurting urself..Nigeria is more of a society for an exposed illitrate to lead remmember not rule……….Vote GEJ

      • dufranx

        Can you compare Jonathan’s speeches with those of Buhari in terms grammatical correctness and embedded intelligence. Check out the London’s speech by Buhari and the “Goat & Yam” speech by Jonathan and tell us who seems to know what education means. I wonder what you all gain by trying to distort the fact that Buhari is NOT in any way or form close to being an illiterate. Someone who attended the prestigious US war college is not in any way close to illiteracy but goes to bed with intelligence and leadership ability. Well, If Patience Jonathan with her over-dose of ignorance can call Buhari an illiterate, I wonder why those of her likes will not do the same.

      • dufranx

        Don’t you have chartered accountants counting money for illiterate traders. It seems you lack logic in your reasoning. What matters is some’s leadership ability. I have people with doctorate degree working with me and under me. We all need each other to attain the level of success required of us in a project. The same goes for Nigeria. By all ramifications, Jonathan is not a good leader or ruler as can be seen in his conducts and his inability to make sound decisions. In contrast, Buhari has demonstrated that he has what it takes even it means taking leadership to the extreme. I don’t know how old you are as you utterances give you out as a young man. I will advice you to please search and know about Buhari and do not allow your knowledge to be shaped by stories fabricated in beer parlours and PDP campaigns aimed at assassinating the General’s character. I have investigated both and thus my honest advice.

        • Godforgivenigerianpoliticians

          dufranx, we stand to learn from each other and that is the beauty of the forum. Please can lis for me the achievements of Buhari during his tenure as the head of state and the Chairman of PTF.Taking note that as the head of State he jailed fomer vice president Alex ekwueme for 300 years while he put Shagari who was the president on house arrest. He was the person that introduced school fees in University system even though we have oil windfall. And as Chairman of the PTF Abacha looted Biilions of dollars from oil windfall under his watch. However he did not resign the appointement to show that he was not corrupt. I stand to be corrected in your reply.

      • Adonuja Salihu M.D

        The way you spoke has prove that you an educated illitrate, pls GMB to rest

    • dufranx

      I love your comments.

    • chimex

      The problem is not that he does not have those certificates, but that he chose to lie about it. all those people U called never had to lie about their qualifications. There is a laid down processdure, and a law.

      • Gudgovernancenotgoodluck

        What is wrong if the man deposed to affidavit that he honestly beliefs that a copy of his certificate is with the military & he couldn’t find the original? – is It not a known fact that he rose to the rank of a general in this military. Even the school he attended attested. He mentioned a well known public figure as his classmate – has anyone debunked this claim? If Nigeria wants Buhari, please let him be!

  • zuberu

    In as much as I know one of the characteristics of a pathological liar is inconsistent, I stand to disagree to everything Associated with all the version of change APC are preaching to Nigerians. #GEJ4NIJA

  • zuberu

    I don’t know what kind of change are we expecting from an old crook like Buhari, I have said it before he is not supposed to seek to rule Nigeria again ,why is it all this old leaders that had contributed to the dwindling condition of Nigeria would always rule,I said it,APC failed cos for me Osinbajo would have been the flag bearer while this old boko Haram sponsor be the running mate, that would be a bit better, i beg jor …..GEJ ALL THE WAY…..#GEJ4NIJA.

    • Adonuja Salihu M.D

      Zeberu, i guess you dont know what you are saying, otherwise, i should clasify you as a thief like GEJ group

  • Pholony

    Can someone identify Fayose in this rally? Check the back of GMB to the left…. lol

  • Etnac Ent

    I think this Nigerians are trying to say qualification will no longer be needed for future elections. Hhahahahaha, Nija I hail ooo!

  • Adesiyan Aderemi Olanrewaju

    No matter how I trusted all our Judges they surely quash case and now that it has been postponed forget about it because theyall know that Buhari is well qualified man for the job. But due to ecthinicty some people will be saying he is not qualified because they still want their failed, incapable and most corrupted president of Nigeria (JONATHAN) to stilll remain and as God wishes he (JONATHAN) will become past president of Nigeria from 2400HRS of Saturday night

  • agbobu

    PLEASE OZEKHOME WHY NOT GIVE YOUR CLIENTS SOUND LEGAL ADVICE AND TELL THEM THAT THEY ARE SKATING ON A VERY THIN AND VERY DELICATE LEGAL ICE AND THAT THEY ARE STANDING ON AN EXTREMELY VERY WEAK AND ONO LEGGED LEGAL STOOL. IT IS ALL EXERCISE IN FUTILITY AND BY LEGAL RASCALS. BUHARI IS NOT ONLY A FIT AND PROPER PERSON TO CONTEST FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT. HE IS ALSO A VERY WILLING, A VERY READY AND VERY ABLE PERSON TO BE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA AND HE IS VERY LEGALLY QUALIFIED TO CONTEST THE ELECTION AND BE ELECTED TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA. BUHARI IS A WELL DECORATED GENERAL THAT WENT THROUGH THE RANKS, WITH PROMOTIONS, EXAMINATIONS, TRAINING IN VERY HIGHLY RESPECTED MILITARY INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA, THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE USA AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. BUHARI WAS A FORMER HEAD OF STATE AND HAS HEADED MOST VERY SENSITIVE PARTS OF OUR MILITARY. THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT TO BE COMMISSIONED INTO THE MILITARY IS WASC OR ITS EQUIVALENT AND BUHARI WAS COMMISSIONED WHEN THE BRITISH WERE ALMOST AT THE HELM IN OUR MILITARY. SO NOBODY AND I SAY NO BODY MUST BE ALLOWED TO RUBBISH OUR VERY GREAT MILITARY BY VERY USELESS LAW SUITS PR INSINUATIONS. BUHARI HAS CONTESTED THE SAME ELECTION ON THREE OCCASIONS WITH THE SAME ELECTORAL LAWS AND THE SAME CONSTITUTION IN THE PAST. IN LAW THERE IS WHAT IS CALLED THE SQUATTERS LAW AND IF ALL THE ABOVE FAIL THE SQUATTER LAW WILL KICK IN AND BE FACTORED IN. SO THESE LEGAL RAGAMUFFINS AND NIT WITS MUST GIVE US A BREAK. THE HANDS OF THE PDP ARE ALL OVER THE PLACES, BECAUSE OF DESPERATION AND PANIC AND THEY THINK THAT THEY CAN REPEAT WHAT ARTHUR NZERIBE DID WITH ABN IN THE ABACHA REGIME. SHAME ON ALL OF THEM

    • Godforgivenigerianpoliticians

      And what if he is found wanting for lying on oath even though he is qualified ? What will then be your legal interpretation to that.

  • Latoya Lube

    Allowing a common ground for both APC and PDP presidential aspirants to consent is a fair democracy,this will show to the whole world who is the peoples man,but am of the opinion that whatsoever it is the PDP will emerge victorious following tangible transformations Nigerians have witnessed over the last four years.#GEJ4Naija

  • Ndubenz

    The truth remains that if someone that cant prove the authenticity of his Certificate is allowed to run for the post of the Office of the President, on what basis are we fighting corruption in the nation called Nigeria and what foundation are we laying for the future of Democracy in the Country ?

    This will certainly encourage others to follow the foot steps of Buhari thereby causing the future of Democracy and the Nigeria polity to become bleak.

  • Kc

    Guys, what about millions of graduates with qualified certificate in Nigeria today with no job opportunities???? What do we say to that????

  • Sunshine

    What their change is all about is to unseat the president which have backfired on Tinubu with Lagos state. Now he has lost Lagos state. Change has started and it started with Lagos state. No matter what, APC can never win Lagos state. Lagos is so diversified and you can call it no mans land.