Presidency threatens to sue Abuja Base lawyer Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe over interview on Buhari’s certificate

 President Buhari
 President Buhari

Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, Shehu Garba, has hinted that the presidency may be filing a lawsuit against Abuja based lawyer, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe over what it described as the lawyer’s prejudiced view of President Buhari in a recent interview where he spoke on President Buhari’s alleged lack of school certificate and declared him guilty on the pages of newspaper.

The presidency on Sunday threatened to drag a lawyer, Nnamdi Nwokocha to court over a recent interview he granted on a suit a ‘certificate’ suit he instituted against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The lawyer had dragged the President to court to compel him to show his West African Examination School Certificate which is a prerequisite for contesting the presidency.

Nwokocha had in the case asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to declare that the President was not qualified to contest the 2015 presidential election which he won because he did not have the certificate.

Shehu Garba, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, has hinted that the presidency may be filing a lawsuit against Abuja based lawyer, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe over what it described as the lawyer’s prejudiced view of President Buhari in a recent interview where he spoke on President Buhari’s alleged lack of school certificate and declared him guilty on the pages of newspapers.

 President Buhari WAEC CERTIFICATE

A Presidential Media Aide, Malam Garba Shehu, while reacting to Nwokocha’s press interviews, in a statement explained that “it is unfair for a lawyer who is a litigant to a case in court to go out of his way to hijack the power of a Judge by declaring the President guilty of what he is accused of.” According to Malam Shehu, “newspaper pages are not alternative courts where a lawyer can declare anybody guilty of anything when the court has not formally given a definitive judgment on an issue before it.”

Accordly to theNews, “The two-pages interview splashed on pages 56-57 of ThisDay edition of Saturday June 11th breaches a lawyer’s ethical code and we hope that the court and the Bar Association will take notice of this,” he said.

Shehu added that if the lawyer sincerely believes in judicial process and the rights of other parties to a case, he would not have engaged in the inappropriate and unprofessional practice of trial by media when the court has not made that declaration. He further noted  free speech is not synonymous with recklessness and wanton abuse of the rights of other parties to a case in court.

 He also said that

“The litigant’s unabashed claim that he was a card-carrying member of the opposition PDP which lost power in the last election clearly indicates a scheme that seeks power by circumventing the democratic process of elections.” Malam Garba Shehu said “if Nwokocha has not stopped his unfair and professionally inappropriate abuse of free speech, the President’s competent team of lawyers will seek the instrumentality of the law in dealing with his unethical actions. You cannot be a litigant and be a Judge at the same time.” 

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