A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed January 21, 2019 to hear a suit seeking to have President Muhammadu Buhari disqualified from contesting the 2019 general elections.

The plaintiffs, Kalu Agu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris, allege that the president lied in his form CF 001 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission regarding his educational qualifications and certificates.

When the matter came up for mention on Wednesday, U.C. Ndubisi, counsel to the plaintiffs, who was holding brief for Okpai Ukiro, informed the court that the matter was for mention.

Ndubisi told the court that all the defendants had been served with the processes, and that the President filed an application asking for an extension of time as well as a preliminary objection to the originating summons.

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He, therefore, prayed the court for some time to enable him respond to the applications.

The suit, which was filed on behalf of the plaintiff by Ukiro, has the President as the first defendant, APC as second defendant and INEC as the third defendant.

The plaintiffs want the court to determine “whether having regards to the information in the affidavit contained in Buhari’s INEC form CF 001, regarding his educational qualification/certificate, he has submitted false information to INEC.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the matter until Jan. 21, for hearing of the main suit and the preliminary objection.

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