Certificate Forgery: Court Nullifies Benue Rep-Elects Election, Orders Police Prosecution

at 03:12 PM, 20/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return it issued to Christian Abah for the Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal ‎Constituency seat in the House of Representatives of the forthcoming 8th National Assembly.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, delivering judgment in the suit challenging Abah’s eligibility to stand for the election, said the allegation of certificate forgery brought against the respondent by the plaintiff, Mr. Hassan Saleh, has been duly established to be true.

According to the suit, Abah is accused of forging an Ordinary National Diploma certificate in Accountancy allegedly obtained from the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, in 1985.

The judge held that his findings revealed that a judgment delivered by the National/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal ‎sitting in Makurdi on September 6, 2011, and a letter by the Registrar of the polytechnic, Mr. Suleiman Buba, confirmed that the certificate presented by by Abah to INEC was forged. He therefore ordered the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to commence the immediate prosecution of Abah for forgery and perjury.

Abah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was declared unopposed and elected for being the only candidate presented for the March 28, 2015 election.

According to Justice Ademola, all the votes that went to Abah in the PDP primary of December 6, 2014, was wasted and declaring Saleh, who came second as the winner of the primary. He subsequently ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Saleh.

The court further ordered the incoming Speaker of the ‎8th National Assembly to swear in Saleh as the member representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal ‎Constituency.

Justice Ademola frowned at the conduct of the counsel for PDP and Abah, Mr. S.I Ameh, SAN, for the frivolous applications and tactics to delay the hearing of the case, ordering that the processes filed in the suit and his judgment be served on the Nigerian Bar Association, the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee so as to take appropriate sanctions against Ameh.
He imposed a N450, 000 fine on the PDP, INEC and Abah, who were the defendants in the suit, in favor of the plaintiff.

edpete at 03:45 PM, 20/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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Thieves and liars.
echeeche at 04:24 PM, 20/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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Nija must show
PoliticxGuru at 04:57 PM, 20/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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good for him
osarobo62 at 05:06 PM, 20/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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Quote from: Swissnaija on 03:44 PM, 20/05/2015
Stupid man.When only School cert was more than enough to qualify him.
exactly.....why did he need to forge an OND certificate Huh?
winace at 05:24 PM, 20/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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Mumu. Una president elct did not have any other cert exerpt sch cert. Why did u have to forge. Dats d leaders we have. And dis kind of person will want to delibrate on behave of naija o
dareper at 07:20 PM, 20/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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Like him like buhari
beneno at 11:27 PM, 20/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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Deepsea81 at 05:37 AM, 21/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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Why the court no rule on Buhari own case?
Nicksam at 07:28 AM, 21/05/2015 (3 years ago)
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin 
elchymo at 11:55 AM, 18/08/2015 (3 years ago)
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