Certificate Forgery:Court dismisses suit against Kogi PDP gov'ship candidate

The Federal High Court sitting in Lokoja has struck out a suit challenging the educational qualifications of the governorship candidate of peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 2019 election, Engr. Musa Wada.

The suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1078/19 filed by the PDP Vice Chairman of Olamaboro local government, Abraham was dismissed for being grossly incompetent.

In the judgement delivered on Wednesday, Justice D. O. Okorowo of the Federal High described the affidavit in support of the originating summons as worthless piece of paper following the failure of the claimant to sign the affidavit in support of the originating summons.

The judgment was delivered following objection raised by Mr Jibrin Samuel Okutepa SAN, counsel to Wada, to the effect that the originating summons was incurably defective on several grounds.

The suit was instituted by way of an originating summons at the Federal High Court, Abuja on 27th September 2019, shortly after the publication of Forms CF001 (particulars of persons seeking election to office) of all candidates in that contested the Kogi governorship poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The claimant, by virtue of Section 31(5) & (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), claimed he reasonably believes that the information supplied by the PDP Candidate, Musa Atayi Wada in both his Form CF001 and the attached First School Leaving Certificate as to his primary school education was false.

He, therefore, prayed the court to determine Heat the information was indeed false and, on that basis, disqualify the plaintiff from contesting as the candidate of the PDP in the November 16th, 2019 gubernatorial elections.

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