The constitutional right of appeal and the well-entrenched principle of fair hearing are the foundation of modern legal systems across the globe. The principles as guaranteed under The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended (“The Constitution”) ensure that in the conduct of judicial proceedings to determine the civil rights and/or obligations of the parties brought before any Court, the twin pillars of natural justice shall be adhered to and applied by the courts.
Undoubtedly, Section 131(d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) prescribes a School Leaving Certificate or its equivalent as the minimum educational qualification for candidates contesting election to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It stipulates that candidates must be “educated up to at least school leaving Certificate Level or its equivalent”. Said section provides inter alia: