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  •  The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Aug 30 to hear the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and it s governorship candidate in Benue seeking the disqualification of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC The PDP and its governirship candidate Mr Titus Uba are challenging the APC primary election that produced Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia as its governorhip candidate The plaintiffs are specifically asking the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC from accepting and publishing the names of the governorship and senatorial candidates of the APC as persons sponsored by the party for the 2023 general election in the state Listed as defendants in the suits are INEC APC Alia Terlumun Ikya Benard Yisa Mathias Byuan Godwin Tyoachimin Michael Aondokaa SAN and Sen Barnabas Gemade Others are Rep Herman Hembe Anyom Mlanga Terwase Orbunde Stephen Lawani Sam Ode and Prof Terhemba Shija When the matter was called on Thursday before Justice Ahmed Mohammed who is sitting as a vacation judge counsel to Hembe Mr T O Penda attempted to move an application for extension of time Mr Sunday Ameh SAN counsel to Alia however argued that the matter was coming up for the first time and so it was for mention According to him bringing an application will mean the matter is being heard meanwhile it is for mention So I think the proper procedure is for counsel begining with plaintiff s counsel to identify the processes filed so far Counsel to the PDP Mr Sebastian Hon SAN said he was in agreement with the submission of Ameh In view of the general perception of the law that a matter for mention is simply for mention to avoid unnecessary appeals and technical victories on appeal I will apply that as the court adjourns because some of the defendants are absent on the next adjourned date the applications for regularisation should be taken along with the substantive matter Counsel said they were not opposed to the application however Ameh said that from experience such applications were often not feasible He however said that on the next adjourned date if the environment was conducive to taking the applications and the substantive matter he would be ready to proceed In a ruling the Justice Mohammed said the court appreciated the fact that time was of the essence since it was a pre election matter The judge said that on the next adjourned date if the circumstances permitted the court would proceed with hearing the substantive matter after taking all applications He adjourned the matter until Aug 30 and ordered that hearing notices be served on all the defendants who were absent in court www edited by Sadiya Hamza NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court to hear suit seeking disqualification of APC governorship candidate in Benue Aug. 30
     The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Aug 30 to hear the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and it s governorship candidate in Benue seeking the disqualification of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC The PDP and its governirship candidate Mr Titus Uba are challenging the APC primary election that produced Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia as its governorhip candidate The plaintiffs are specifically asking the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC from accepting and publishing the names of the governorship and senatorial candidates of the APC as persons sponsored by the party for the 2023 general election in the state Listed as defendants in the suits are INEC APC Alia Terlumun Ikya Benard Yisa Mathias Byuan Godwin Tyoachimin Michael Aondokaa SAN and Sen Barnabas Gemade Others are Rep Herman Hembe Anyom Mlanga Terwase Orbunde Stephen Lawani Sam Ode and Prof Terhemba Shija When the matter was called on Thursday before Justice Ahmed Mohammed who is sitting as a vacation judge counsel to Hembe Mr T O Penda attempted to move an application for extension of time Mr Sunday Ameh SAN counsel to Alia however argued that the matter was coming up for the first time and so it was for mention According to him bringing an application will mean the matter is being heard meanwhile it is for mention So I think the proper procedure is for counsel begining with plaintiff s counsel to identify the processes filed so far Counsel to the PDP Mr Sebastian Hon SAN said he was in agreement with the submission of Ameh In view of the general perception of the law that a matter for mention is simply for mention to avoid unnecessary appeals and technical victories on appeal I will apply that as the court adjourns because some of the defendants are absent on the next adjourned date the applications for regularisation should be taken along with the substantive matter Counsel said they were not opposed to the application however Ameh said that from experience such applications were often not feasible He however said that on the next adjourned date if the environment was conducive to taking the applications and the substantive matter he would be ready to proceed In a ruling the Justice Mohammed said the court appreciated the fact that time was of the essence since it was a pre election matter The judge said that on the next adjourned date if the circumstances permitted the court would proceed with hearing the substantive matter after taking all applications He adjourned the matter until Aug 30 and ordered that hearing notices be served on all the defendants who were absent in court www edited by Sadiya Hamza NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court to hear suit seeking disqualification of APC governorship candidate in Benue Aug. 30
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    Court to hear suit seeking disqualification of APC governorship candidate in Benue Aug. 30

    The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Aug. 30 to hear the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s governorship candidate in Benue, seeking the disqualification of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    The PDP and its governirship candidate, Mr Titus Uba, are challenging the APC primary election that produced Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia as its governorhip candidate.

    The plaintiffs are specifically asking the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) from accepting and publishing the names of the governorship and senatorial candidates of the APC as persons sponsored by the party for the 2023 general election in the state.

    Listed as defendants in the suits are INEC, APC, Alia,  Terlumun Ikya, Benard Yisa, Mathias Byuan, Godwin Tyoachimin, Michael Aondokaa, SAN, and Sen. Barnabas Gemade.

    Others are Rep. Herman Hembe, Anyom Mlanga, Terwase Orbunde, Stephen Lawani, Sam Ode and Prof. Terhemba Shija.

    When the matter was called on Thursday before Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who is sitting as a vacation judge, counsel to Hembe, Mr T.

    O Penda attempted to move an application for extension of time.

    Mr Sunday Ameh,  SAN,  counsel to Alia, however, argued that the matter was coming up for the first time and so it was for mention.

    According to him, bringing an application will mean the matter is being heard meanwhile it is for mention.

    “So I think the proper procedure is for counsel, begining with plaintiff’s counsel to identify the processes filed so far.

    ” Counsel to the PDP, Mr Sebastian Hon, (SAN) said he was in agreement with the submission of Ameh. “In view of the general perception of the law that a matter for mention is simply for mention to avoid unnecessary appeals and technical victories on appeal.

    “I will apply that as the court adjourns because some of the defendants are absent, on the next adjourned date the applications for regularisation should be taken along with the substantive matter.

    ” Counsel said they were not opposed to the application, however, Ameh said that from experience, such applications were often not feasible.

    He, however, said that on the next adjourned date, if the environment was conducive to taking the applications and the substantive matter, he would be ready to proceed.

    In a  ruling, the Justice Mohammed said the court appreciated the fact that time was of the essence since it was a pre-election matter.

    The judge said that, on the next adjourned date, if the circumstances permitted, the court would proceed with hearing the substantive matter after taking all applications.

    He adjourned the matter until Aug. 30 and ordered that hearing notices be served on all the defendants who were absent in court.

    wwwedited  by Sadiya Hamza  
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  •  The Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti on Thursday struck out a suit filed by Kayode Ojo of the APC challenging the nomination of the governor elect Biodun Oyebanji by the party in the June 18 governorship election Ojo in a suit marked 5152022 earlier filled in Abuja division of the court which was later transferred to the Ado Ekiti division is asking the court to declare him as the valid candidate of the APC in the January 27 2020 governorship primary of the party or nullify the entire shadow exercise Other defendants in the suit are the Independent Natioal Electoral Commission INEC Ayo Adegbete Stephen Aribasoye Vincent Bewaji Goke Olajide Lateef Akanle and Richaed Apolola Others are Kayode Fasakin Adu Joseph Teju Okunyiga Olumide Fadipe Dele Oloje Victor Adebiyi Folorunso Olabode Deji Ajayi Sunkanmi Onipede Kemi Olaleye and Secretary and members of Ekiti Gov ship Primary Election Committee Delivering judgment Justice Babs Kuewumi upheld the preliminary objections by the APC in striking out the suit He held that since the maker of the signature on the writ of summons and plaintiff s statement of claims can not be ascertained the irregularities made the process defective The presiding Judge held that something can not be built on nothing saying since the preliminary objection had been upheld any process on the suit will amount to academics exercise I am in agreement that the statement of claims by the plaintiff is incurably bad as argued by the first defence counsel I uphold the preliminary objection of the first defendant and I strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction Justice Kuewumi ordered The first defendant s counsel Mrs Titilayo Soje in preliminary objections argued that the plaintiff s statement of claims was signed by an unverified counsel Soje argued that non of the four counsel whose names appeared on the writ of summon and plaintiff s statement of claims was neither listed for case nor the signature append on the process linked directly to any of the counsel The first defendant counsel whose brief was held by Mr A I Idris when judgment was delivered urged the court to strike out the suit for being defective incompetence and lacking in merit Counsel to the plaintiff Dr Alex Iziyon SAN objected to the prayers of the first defendant arguing that the summon and plaintiff s statement of claims carried the Nigeria Bar Association NBA stamp and counsel zeal Iziyon whose brief was held by Mr Taiwo Ogunmoroti on Thursday had earlier urged that the court dismiss the preliminary objection of the first defendant Reacting to the judgment shortly after it was delivered Counsel to the second defendant Biodun Oyebanji Mr Kabir Akingbolu lauded the judgment Akingbolu said since the court struck out the writ of summons every other processes in the suit becomes futile He said you can not place something on nothing and expect it to stay because it is expressed in law that when you are filing a case there must be a foundation if the foundation is weak the edifice will crumble that is exactly what happened in the judgment An attempt to get reaction from the plaintiff s team of counsel after the judgment led by Ogunmoroti failed as one of the lawyers in the team only muttered we are not commenting Mrs Tamunotonye Ekundayo counsel to the 8th to 13th defendants as well as holding briefs of Counsel to the 4th to 7th defendants Mr S O Adanlawo Mrs Mimi Ayua represented the 14th to 16th defendants Mr Adedayo Adewumi represented the 17th to 19th defendants and Mr Ekene Nbam represented the 20th defendant NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ekiti Governorship primary: Court strikes out suit for lack of jurisdiction
     The Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti on Thursday struck out a suit filed by Kayode Ojo of the APC challenging the nomination of the governor elect Biodun Oyebanji by the party in the June 18 governorship election Ojo in a suit marked 5152022 earlier filled in Abuja division of the court which was later transferred to the Ado Ekiti division is asking the court to declare him as the valid candidate of the APC in the January 27 2020 governorship primary of the party or nullify the entire shadow exercise Other defendants in the suit are the Independent Natioal Electoral Commission INEC Ayo Adegbete Stephen Aribasoye Vincent Bewaji Goke Olajide Lateef Akanle and Richaed Apolola Others are Kayode Fasakin Adu Joseph Teju Okunyiga Olumide Fadipe Dele Oloje Victor Adebiyi Folorunso Olabode Deji Ajayi Sunkanmi Onipede Kemi Olaleye and Secretary and members of Ekiti Gov ship Primary Election Committee Delivering judgment Justice Babs Kuewumi upheld the preliminary objections by the APC in striking out the suit He held that since the maker of the signature on the writ of summons and plaintiff s statement of claims can not be ascertained the irregularities made the process defective The presiding Judge held that something can not be built on nothing saying since the preliminary objection had been upheld any process on the suit will amount to academics exercise I am in agreement that the statement of claims by the plaintiff is incurably bad as argued by the first defence counsel I uphold the preliminary objection of the first defendant and I strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction Justice Kuewumi ordered The first defendant s counsel Mrs Titilayo Soje in preliminary objections argued that the plaintiff s statement of claims was signed by an unverified counsel Soje argued that non of the four counsel whose names appeared on the writ of summon and plaintiff s statement of claims was neither listed for case nor the signature append on the process linked directly to any of the counsel The first defendant counsel whose brief was held by Mr A I Idris when judgment was delivered urged the court to strike out the suit for being defective incompetence and lacking in merit Counsel to the plaintiff Dr Alex Iziyon SAN objected to the prayers of the first defendant arguing that the summon and plaintiff s statement of claims carried the Nigeria Bar Association NBA stamp and counsel zeal Iziyon whose brief was held by Mr Taiwo Ogunmoroti on Thursday had earlier urged that the court dismiss the preliminary objection of the first defendant Reacting to the judgment shortly after it was delivered Counsel to the second defendant Biodun Oyebanji Mr Kabir Akingbolu lauded the judgment Akingbolu said since the court struck out the writ of summons every other processes in the suit becomes futile He said you can not place something on nothing and expect it to stay because it is expressed in law that when you are filing a case there must be a foundation if the foundation is weak the edifice will crumble that is exactly what happened in the judgment An attempt to get reaction from the plaintiff s team of counsel after the judgment led by Ogunmoroti failed as one of the lawyers in the team only muttered we are not commenting Mrs Tamunotonye Ekundayo counsel to the 8th to 13th defendants as well as holding briefs of Counsel to the 4th to 7th defendants Mr S O Adanlawo Mrs Mimi Ayua represented the 14th to 16th defendants Mr Adedayo Adewumi represented the 17th to 19th defendants and Mr Ekene Nbam represented the 20th defendant NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ekiti Governorship primary: Court strikes out suit for lack of jurisdiction
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    Ekiti Governorship primary: Court strikes out suit for lack of jurisdiction

    The Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday struck out a suit filed by Kayode Ojo of the APC challenging the nomination of the governor-elect, Biodun Oyebanji by the party in the June 18 governorship election.

    Ojo, in a suit marked 5152022 earlier filled in Abuja division of the court which was later transferred to the Ado-Ekiti division is asking the court to declare him as the valid candidate of the APC in the January 27, 2020 governorship primary of the party or nullify the entire shadow exercise.

    Other defendants in the suit are the Independent Natioal Electoral Commission, (INEC), Ayo Adegbete, Stephen Aribasoye, Vincent Bewaji, Goke Olajide, Lateef Akanle and Richaed Apolola.

    Others are Kayode Fasakin, Adu Joseph Teju Okunyiga, Olumide Fadipe, Dele Oloje, Victor Adebiyi, Folorunso Olabode, Deji Ajayi Sunkanmi Onipede, Kemi Olaleye and Secretary and members of Ekiti Gov’ship Primary Election Committee.

    Delivering judgment, Justice Babs Kuewumi, upheld the preliminary objections by the APC in striking out the suit.

    He held that since the maker of the signature on the writ of summons and plaintiff’s statement of claims can not be ascertained, the irregularities made the process defective.

    The presiding Judge held that something can not be built on nothing, saying since the preliminary objection had been upheld any process on the suit will amount to academics exercise.

    ” I am in agreement that the statement of claims by the plaintiff is incurably bad, as argued by the first defence counsel.

    “I uphold the preliminary objection of the first defendant and I strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction,” Justice Kuewumi ordered.

    The first defendant’s counsel, Mrs Titilayo Soje, in preliminary objections argued that the  plaintiff’s statement of claims was signed by an unverified counsel.

    Soje argued that non of the four counsel, whose names appeared on the writ of summon and plaintiff’s statement of claims, was neither listed for case nor the signature append on the process linked directly to any of the counsel.

    The first defendant counsel, whose brief was held by Mr A I.

    Idris, when judgment was delivered urged the court to strike out the suit for being defective, incompetence and lacking in merit. 

    Counsel to the plaintiff, Dr Alex Iziyon SAN, objected to the prayers of the first defendant, arguing that the summon and plaintiff’s statement of claims carried the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) stamp and counsel zeal.

    Iziyon, whose brief was held by Mr Taiwo Ogunmoroti on Thursday had earlier urged that the court dismiss the preliminary objection of the first defendant.

    Reacting to the judgment, shortly after it was delivered, Counsel to the second defendant,(Biodun Oyebanji), Mr Kabir Akingbolu lauded the judgment.

    Akingbolu said since the court struck out the writ of summons, every other processes in the suit becomes futile.

    He said, “you can not place something on nothing and expect it to stay, because it is expressed in law that when you are filing a case there must be a foundation, if the foundation is weak, the edifice will crumble, that is exactly what happened in the judgment.

    ”An attempt to get reaction from the plaintiff’s team of counsel after the judgment led by Ogunmoroti, failed as one of the lawyers in the team only muttered, “we are not commenting.

    ”Mrs Tamunotonye Ekundayo, counsel to the 8th to 13th defendants, as well as holding briefs of Counsel to the 4th to 7th defendants, Mr S O.

    Adanlawo.

    Mrs Mimi Ayua represented the 14th to 16th defendants, Mr Adedayo Adewumi, represented the 17th to 19th defendants and Mr Ekene Nbam, represented the 20th defendant. 

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  •  The PDP in Gombe State have prayed a Federal High Court in Abuja to disqualify Gov Inuwa Yahaya and his Deputy Jatau Daniel from contesting in the 2023 Governorship Election for alleged submission of forged certificates The party and its Governorship Candidate Muhammad Barde sought the disqualification in a Suit No 13012022 between PDP amp two others against the INEC amp others In an Originating Summons filed by two Senior Advocates of Nigeria Chief Arthur Okafor and J J Usman on behalf of the plaintiffs the party relied on on series of Supreme Court decisions The PDP said that Yahaya and Jatau having deposed to FORMS EC 9 the said forms constituted Certificates and making false statement in them amounted to submitting forged certificates This according to the party is a disqualifying ground under Sections 177 d and 182 1 j of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as Amended In the court processes the plaintiffs alleged that Jatau bears multiple names in his certificates to wit Certificate of primary Education Manassah Jatau West African examination Council School Certificate Daniel Manassah J University of Maiduguri Certificate Manassah Daniel Jatau and National Youth Service Corp Certificate Daniel Manassah without a deed poll and any valid change of name attached to his Form EC 9 submitted to INEC The plaintiffs alleged that in 2022 Yahaya submitted FORM EC 9 Affidavit of Personal particulars of Person seeking election into the office of governor of Gombe state The plaintiffs alleged that Yahaya stated in the form that he worked in the Bauchi state Investment Company Ltd in 1984 A Y U amp Co Ltd between 1985 2003 as against what he deposed to in 2018 as working in Bauchi Investment Company Ltd in 1985 A Y U amp Co Ltd between 1980 1990 That Yahaya in 2018 while presenting his personal particulars to INEC to participate in the Gombe state governorship election stated in his INEC FORM CF001 that he worked with A Y U amp Co Ltd from 1980 to 1990 That however in 2022 the same Inuwa stated in his INEC FORM EC 9 that he worked with A Y U amp Co Ltd from 1985 2003 The governor by his INEC FORM CF001 has stated under oath that in 1980 1990 he worked with A Y U amp Co Ltd However in 2022 the same Inuwa stated again on oath via his INEC FORM EC 9 that he worked with the same A Y U amp Co Ltd from 1985 2003 According to the plaintiffs Yahaya s deputy attached his Certificate of National Youth Service Corps dated the July 31 1980 which stated thus This is to certify that Daniel Manassah 796201 has satisfactorily completed one year of the national Service from Aug 1 1979 to July 31 1979 in accordance with section 11 of the national Youth Service Corps decree No 24 of 1973 The plaintiffs further contended that the deputy governor who claimed to be working with the Nigeria Army from the period of August 1979 till July 1980 submitted an NYSC discharge certificate with contrary information The plaintiffs alleged that the NYSC discharge certificate stated on its face that Jatau commenced his National Youth service in August 1979 and completed same in July 1979 The plaintiffs also contended that from the paragraph D of the Jatau s INEC Form EC 9 he claimed that he worked for the Nigeria Army from July 1979 till August 1980 and his reason for leaving the Nigeria Army in July 1980 was for the National Youth Service The plaintiffs contended further that in Jatau s INEC FORM EC 9 he commenced his NYSC after he left the Nigeria Army in July 1980 but submitted an NYSC Certificate that stated he commenced his National Youth Service in August 1979 and ended in July 1979 The PDP argued that FORM EC 9 being an affidavit on oath both Yahaya and his deputy haven made false statement therein had committed forgery and therefore not qualified to contest the state election No date has been fixed for hearing in the suit NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 Governorship poll: PDP urges court to disqualify Inuwa Yahaya, Deputy
     The PDP in Gombe State have prayed a Federal High Court in Abuja to disqualify Gov Inuwa Yahaya and his Deputy Jatau Daniel from contesting in the 2023 Governorship Election for alleged submission of forged certificates The party and its Governorship Candidate Muhammad Barde sought the disqualification in a Suit No 13012022 between PDP amp two others against the INEC amp others In an Originating Summons filed by two Senior Advocates of Nigeria Chief Arthur Okafor and J J Usman on behalf of the plaintiffs the party relied on on series of Supreme Court decisions The PDP said that Yahaya and Jatau having deposed to FORMS EC 9 the said forms constituted Certificates and making false statement in them amounted to submitting forged certificates This according to the party is a disqualifying ground under Sections 177 d and 182 1 j of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as Amended In the court processes the plaintiffs alleged that Jatau bears multiple names in his certificates to wit Certificate of primary Education Manassah Jatau West African examination Council School Certificate Daniel Manassah J University of Maiduguri Certificate Manassah Daniel Jatau and National Youth Service Corp Certificate Daniel Manassah without a deed poll and any valid change of name attached to his Form EC 9 submitted to INEC The plaintiffs alleged that in 2022 Yahaya submitted FORM EC 9 Affidavit of Personal particulars of Person seeking election into the office of governor of Gombe state The plaintiffs alleged that Yahaya stated in the form that he worked in the Bauchi state Investment Company Ltd in 1984 A Y U amp Co Ltd between 1985 2003 as against what he deposed to in 2018 as working in Bauchi Investment Company Ltd in 1985 A Y U amp Co Ltd between 1980 1990 That Yahaya in 2018 while presenting his personal particulars to INEC to participate in the Gombe state governorship election stated in his INEC FORM CF001 that he worked with A Y U amp Co Ltd from 1980 to 1990 That however in 2022 the same Inuwa stated in his INEC FORM EC 9 that he worked with A Y U amp Co Ltd from 1985 2003 The governor by his INEC FORM CF001 has stated under oath that in 1980 1990 he worked with A Y U amp Co Ltd However in 2022 the same Inuwa stated again on oath via his INEC FORM EC 9 that he worked with the same A Y U amp Co Ltd from 1985 2003 According to the plaintiffs Yahaya s deputy attached his Certificate of National Youth Service Corps dated the July 31 1980 which stated thus This is to certify that Daniel Manassah 796201 has satisfactorily completed one year of the national Service from Aug 1 1979 to July 31 1979 in accordance with section 11 of the national Youth Service Corps decree No 24 of 1973 The plaintiffs further contended that the deputy governor who claimed to be working with the Nigeria Army from the period of August 1979 till July 1980 submitted an NYSC discharge certificate with contrary information The plaintiffs alleged that the NYSC discharge certificate stated on its face that Jatau commenced his National Youth service in August 1979 and completed same in July 1979 The plaintiffs also contended that from the paragraph D of the Jatau s INEC Form EC 9 he claimed that he worked for the Nigeria Army from July 1979 till August 1980 and his reason for leaving the Nigeria Army in July 1980 was for the National Youth Service The plaintiffs contended further that in Jatau s INEC FORM EC 9 he commenced his NYSC after he left the Nigeria Army in July 1980 but submitted an NYSC Certificate that stated he commenced his National Youth Service in August 1979 and ended in July 1979 The PDP argued that FORM EC 9 being an affidavit on oath both Yahaya and his deputy haven made false statement therein had committed forgery and therefore not qualified to contest the state election No date has been fixed for hearing in the suit NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 Governorship poll: PDP urges court to disqualify Inuwa Yahaya, Deputy
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    2023 Governorship poll: PDP urges court to disqualify Inuwa Yahaya, Deputy

    The PDP in Gombe State have prayed a Federal High Court in Abuja to disqualify Gov. Inuwa Yahaya and his Deputy, Jatau Daniel from contesting in the 2023 Governorship Election for alleged submission of forged certificates.

    The party and its Governorship Candidate, Muhammad Barde sought the disqualification in a  Suit No: 13012022 between PDP & two others against the INEC & others .

    In an Originating Summons  filed by two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Chief Arthur Okafor, and J.

    J. Usman, on behalf of the plaintiffs, the party relied on on series of Supreme Court decisions.

    The PDP said that Yahaya and Jatau, having deposed to FORMS EC-9, the said forms constituted Certificates and making false statement in them amounted to submitting forged certificates.

    This according to the party is a disqualifying ground under Sections 177(d) and 182(1)(j) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).

    In the court processes, the plaintiffs alleged that Jatau bears multiple names in his certificates to wit :Certificate of primary Education (Manassah Jatau) “West African examination Council School Certificate (Daniel Manassah J); University of Maiduguri Certificate (Manassah Daniel Jatau) and National Youth Service Corp Certificate (Daniel Manassah), without a deed poll and any valid change of name attached to his Form EC-9 submitted to INEC.

    ” The plaintiffs alleged that in 2022,  Yahaya submitted FORM EC-9 (Affidavit of Personal particulars of Person seeking election into the office of governor of Gombe state).

    The plaintiffs alleged that Yahaya stated in the form that he worked in the Bauchi state Investment Company Ltd. in 1984, A.

    Y.U & Co. Ltd. between 1985-2003 as against what he deposed to in 2018 as working in Bauchi Investment Company Ltd. in 1985, A.

    Y.U & Co. Ltd between 1980-1990. “That Yahaya in 2018 while presenting his personal particulars to INEC to participate in the Gombe state governorship election,  stated in his INEC FORM CF001 that he worked with A.

    Y.U & Co. Ltd. from 1980 to 1990. That, however, in 2022, the same Inuwa stated in his INEC FORM EC-9 that he worked with A.

    Y.U. & Co Ltd from 1985 – 2003. “The governor by his INEC FORM CF001 has stated under oath that in 1980 -1990, he worked with A.

    Y.U. & Co Ltd. “However, in 2022, the same Inuwa stated again on oath via his INEC FORM EC-9 that he worked with the same A.

    Y.U. & Co. Ltd from 1985 – 2003.” According to the plaintiffs, Yahaya’s deputy attached his Certificate of National Youth Service Corps dated the July 31, 1980 which stated thus: “This is to certify that Daniel Manassah 796201 has satisfactorily completed one year of the national Service from Aug. 1, 1979 to July 31, 1979 in accordance with section 11 of the national Youth Service Corps decree No. 24 of 1973” The plaintiffs further contended that, the deputy governor who claimed to be working with the Nigeria Army from the period of August 1979 till July 1980 submitted an NYSC discharge certificate with contrary information.

    The plaintiffs alleged that the NYSC discharge certificate stated on its face that Jatau commenced his National Youth service in August 1979 and completed same in July 1979. The plaintiffs also contended that from the paragraph D of the Jatau’s INEC Form EC-9, he claimed that he worked for the Nigeria Army from July 1979 till August 1980 and his reason for leaving the Nigeria Army in July 1980 was for the National Youth Service.

    The plaintiffs contended further that in Jatau’s INEC FORM EC-9, he commenced his NYSC after he left the Nigeria Army in July 1980 but submitted an NYSC Certificate that stated he commenced his National Youth Service in August 1979 and ended in July 1979. The PDP argued that FORM EC-9 being an affidavit on oath, both Yahaya and his deputy,  haven  made false statement therein, had  committed forgery and therefore not qualified to contest the state election.

    No date has been fixed for hearing  in the suit.


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