Justice Auta Explains Why Judiciary Did Not Disqualify Buhari in 2015

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Alex Enumah in Abuja

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Ndhai Auta, Tuesday revealed why the court did not disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the 2015 presidential election in spite of the numerous court cases against him.

Justice Auta, who spoke on the occasion of the commencement of the 2017-2018 legal year held in Abuja, disclosed that the court as an unbiased arbiter took the decision so as to create a level playing field for all contestants in the election.

In the same vein, the chief judge added that attempts to prevent some National Assembly members from contesting the 2015 polls on account of their defection from one party to another was resisted by the courts in order to allow all eligible candidates test their popularity at the polls.

In this regard, Justice Auta said Nigerians should be grateful to the judiciary for preserving the unity of the country.
“Despite all the pressure to stop certain members of the National Assembly as a result of their abandonment of the party that brought them to power, the court insisted that every candidate must be allowed to test his/her popularity.

“Secondly, the attempt to stop the president from contesting was also rejected by this court. This is because we in the Federal High Court preferred a level playing field for all candidates.
“It is this option and insistence of this court that has kept the country together during and after the election. The nation therefore owes the judiciary and particularly the Federal High Court for the unity of this country,” he said.

While he said the court joined other Nigerians to pray for the good health of the president in his bid to provide quality and exemplary leadership for the country, Justice Auta charged judges to be bold in taking far reaching decisions even in the face of persecution in order to preserve the unity of Nigeria, and to continue to repose confidence in the judiciary as the last hope of ordinary Nigerians.

“I urge you to be the reason the common man would believe in the goodness of the system. Do not be worried about the social media and those that deliver judgments on the pages of newspaper.

“The job of judging is a special gift from God and in the end you will face God to justify your actions,” he said.
“I pray that God changes our mind to think more about the unity of Nigeria where everyone is treated as one and the same. Our job is perhaps the only one that guarantees the aspirations of our founding fathers,” he added.

On the achievements recorded by the court so far, Justice Auta disclosed that the court now has divisions all over the federation for administrative convenience and to take justice to the doorsteps of all Nigerians.

He added that the court also has 80 judges and 10 more will join the Federal High Court bench before the year runs out.

He thanked the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, for always giving prompt approval to the requests of the court and thanked the staff of the Federal High Court for their loyalty and dedication to duty.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), charged judges to always be upright, fearless and considerate in the discharge of their duties.
Malami whose speech was delivered by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata, commended the efforts of the chief judge in the reforms executed under his leadership.

The AGF further charged judges to always ensure speedy dispensation of justice on the cases before them without compromising credibility, adding that judgments should always be made to reflect the laws of the land.

  • gohen

    Oh my God, can this Justice be drunk this early in the day ? .Absolutely disgraceful, the symbol of justice is blind folded to avoid any human colouration, the law is the Law, the other, the reason giving for not arresting Arewa youth was because of the security implications. so the north is obviously bigger than Nigeria.

  • Uko Francis

    This man is a common idiot! The blood of Saro Wiwa is tormenting him. So he passes judgements based on the side of the bed he wakes up in a day and not on established legal grounds!

  • The Dawn

    So you now know why Buhari was allowed to contest the election although he did not have a certificate to prove that he attended a secondary school. He had claimed then that the Army was in possession of his WAEC/Cambridge certificate, and did not want to release it to him. Since then he has ‘won’ his election and seized control of the Army, but has still not been able to find the certificate himself in its filing cabinets. You may get a court to say that you have a certificate, but you will never get a court to give you the brain to govern a country. Shame.

    • shakara123

      Best post ever – ‘You may get a court to declare that you have a certificate, but you will
      never get a court to give you the brain to govern a country.’

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  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Many of us knew all along that in a normal society, Buhari would not have been allowed to contest on account of not attaching evidence of his academic qualifications to the INEC Nomination Form he filled. It is a tragedy of monumental proportions that this Auta fool is implying that he dictated to the various Judges hearing the plethora of cases filed against certificate forger and perjurer Muhammadu Buhari to arrive at only one outcome. It is more than time the Nigerian Judiciary was disbanded.

  • Asuk

    Shameful confession.

  • Netanyahu

    I strongly believe that justice auta was misquoted. Even if he was under the influence of strong wine, it wouldn’t have been this early in the morning. God have mercy on your people. This is the miscarriage of justice we have been subjected to since 1970, without let. Father, what did we do to deserve this? They occupy 80% of the federal high courts judges position. You wonder how they became the best lawyers and judges in Nigeria. A people that hate western education. They monopolized the cjn position for so long. They reluctantly released it temporarily to Walter Onoghen recently. Even at that, they are still threatening him with efcc they also seized from inception. Obasanjo did this country a disservice and will surely pay for it here or hereafter. Buhari supporters where are you? They have all disappeared. From my lawyer friends, can’t someone sue buhari again if he attempts to contest in 2019? Do we need to look far why this contraption has stagnated or rather retrogressed dangerously all these years? Lord have mercy.

  • jellybelly

    So a judge is simply telling the world that he/they wanted a level playing field between those qualified by law and those unqualified by law.

    Well you dont hear that every day.

    • Thaddeus Sonny

      You do not need to be told that Nigeria has no Law or Constitution anything goes. Ido not see why people waste time to study law in Nigeria when they fully know that they will end up not practicing it at certain level. See DSS, EFCC and the Military; In Nigeria at the moment no matter what you do or any crime you commit, as far as you are willing to join the ruling party (APC), EFCC will never visit your address; forgetting that majorities of APC members were former PDP members. Now that they have allowed Buhari to rule Nigeria without Certificate, will they still allow my grandfather who does not have Secondary School Cert. to contest in 2019 or will the constitution change in 2019. or will he be disqualified based on tribal or religious qualities?

  • Jon West

    Nobody has ever been sued for keeping quiet. Why is this quota system judge assaulting our sensibilities by spewing this absolutely unbelievable legal revisionism? Who will save the Nigerian and the Black people from the idiocy of the Sahelian raghead? Nnamdi Kanu, all is forgiven. You were always right, this country is a Zoo,

  • E.Udah

    Lord have mercy!
    What a country we have in Nigeria! Whereas in Kenya, few days ago, the supreme court within two weeks, heard and delivered judgement, annulling an election that was (as usual) adjudged free and fair by international observers.

  • Cheta God

    The issue of defection from one party to another must be handled decisively. If you sin in one party and defect to the other to become a saint will not help us grow a strong polity. Politicians should learn to play principles based politics. By next year cross carpeting will become the order of the day.

  • share Idea

    Imagine referee telling people after a game that why he did not award a penalty or give a player Red card is because of mood of the team playing?

    When then was he/she appointed as Referee, if difficult decision can not be taken according to the rules. Nigeria we hail thee

  • OkonOnonokpono

    Law diluted becomes problematic. It is not justice.

  • kalu9909

    Everybody knew that Buhari was not qualified to contest the 2015 presidential election for his lack of requisite WAEC examination result. The then INEC Chairman, Prof. Jega, knew that Buhari did not include his result, as was required by law, together with INEC form he submitted. But Jega went ahead to clear him to contest the election. With this confession by the Chief Justice of Federal High Court, Justice Auta, it has gone to proof that our judicial system does not give consideration based on merit, but on emotion. Even when the matter was brought before the judge asking for the disqualification of Buhari on the basis that he was not qualified to contest, the case was thrown out for lack of merit. The INEC Chairman, prof. Jega and the judiciary gave Buhari the node to contest, and this emotional action has brought us to where we are today – a dysfunctional country devoid of any direction.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Wrong waec or it’s equivalent is required.
      Buhari has more than the equivalent of. WASC.
      No commissioned officer of Nigerian Army without the equivalent of Wasc.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Is it because you are a supporter of illiterate Buhari that you don’t know the difference between “It’s” and “Its”?

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          It is you who has no clue that Buhari went to the military academy in India, Audashort UK and US army war college and can not be an illiterate is the illiterate.
          Why don’t you use your real name and identity your miserable self. Anuofia.

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Illiterate, you mean Aldershort?

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Mtcheeeew. Mumu.

        • Sai Baba

          You are really an Amoeba!

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            And you are spirogyra.

      • Thaddeus Sonny

        You are dreaming….. You are part of the problems Nigeria have today. Under normal circumstance, he was not suppose to be in the Military. (Reason was because is forged his certificate to enroll). Having discovered this, he is meant to be serving jail sentence and titles removed from him not to stand as your president. For you to support this act, your cert. (if you have any) will be questionable as well.
        The judge that ruled the case has told you why he was considered and you as ordinary man is saying otherwise

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          One jurge opinion out of a panel of 3 is as irrelevant as my opinion.
          Only judicial pronouncements counts.

  • Amadi Augustine

    According to the writing, judgments were given based on emotions and primordial sentiments and not according to law.

  • Chuma Anierobi

    This is an insult to our constitution. Cases are tried on merits and evidence.

    • ndamba

      na waah o

  • Chris Okeke

    Justice Auta has shown that their judgments are based on other considerations and not purely on law or constitution.

  • Don Franco

    Dear Justice Ibrahim Auta,

    Bribe-Taker-In -Chief in the entire history of Nigerian jurisprudence; how market? How is your 2iC in corruption, former Supreme Court Justice Belgore? Do you still see the faces of Ken Sarowiwa and the Ogoni Nine, of blessed memories, whose death sentence judgment you authored for your fellow Kano murderer, General Abacha; when you shot your ugly eyes to sleep at night? You remember that their corpses were dissolved in sulphuric acid, don’t you?

    It would do our zoo of a country some good, if you stop assaulting our collective sensibilities with your pseudo judicial independence that has unfortunately trumped judicial integrity. Your days are counted, and Lawal Daura has your digits; all this syncophancy will not save you from accounting for those Cash and Carry court judgments that you have written over the past 25 years on the Bench, let gave up legal practice because of jurists like you. The only time my belief in God is strengthened is when l reflect on people like you, for l know that you cannot go unpunished in the afterlife, seeing how you are protected in this life. The hottest part of hell is reserved for you.

  • You are also sick Judge.