Activists Sue Buhari Over Alleged Perjury

Activists Sue Buhari Over Alleged Perjury

Four activists have filed a criminal suit against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, with an Abuja Magistrates’ Court over false information.

The activists are Shield Jones Ufot, Jimmy David, Ogueri Enwerem and Tochukwu Okorie.

The activists filed a direct criminal complaint through their lawyer, Ugochukwu Ezekiel, at the court.

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The complainants named Buhari as the only defendant in the suit.

They alleged that Buhari gave false evidence to a public officer, contrary to Section 157 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 158 of the Penal Code Law.

In the particulars of the alleged offence by Buhari, the complainants submitted that Buhari on December 18, 2014, filled and submitted INEC Form C.F 001 to the Independent National Electoral Commission (a public office) wherein Buhari gave his qualification to contest the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the West African School Certificate (WASC), which he claimed to have obtained in 1961.

The complainants, however, claimed that Buhari did not sit for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination in 1961 as he claimed, and that in the entire records of the school and the WAEC, the name 'Mohammadu Buhari' did not appear.

They further submitted that Buhari, with intent to mislead a public officer as to comply with the provisions of Section 31 of the Electoral Act, 2010, deposited various affidavits in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja wherein he stated that he had attended Katsina Provincial Secondary School, Katsina State, and obtained a West African School Certificate, and that the certificates he claimed to have obtained were with the Nigerian army.

The complainants claimed that they are Nigerian citizens, activists and social crusaders committed to ensuring obedience to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a duty to report crime and ensure prosecution of offenders.

They also claimed that they are taxpayers and voters, qualified to vote and be voted for in Nigeria.

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It will be recalled that legal practitioner Chukwunweike Okafor has contacted the Federal High Court in Abuja in order to apply for a suit, saying that the APC presidential candidate does not have the educational qualifications required to be a presidential candidate for the February 14 presidential election.


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