A Federal High Court in Minna, and an FCT high court in Apo, have separately dismissed suits filed against All Progressive Congress’ (APC) candidates and governors of Niger and Adamawa states respectively, over forged documents presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), ahead of the March 9 governorship elections.
Backstory: The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had gone to court presenting a case against incumbent governor of Niger state and APC candidate, Abubakar Bello, over the alleged presentation of a forged certificate of statutory declaration of age to INEC.
Another case the PDP presented with the hopes of securing a disqualification injunction on Bello was the alleged submission of a forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate, by his running mate, Ahmed Ketso.
In his judgment, Justice Aminu Aliyu, stated that the plaintiff’s case lacked merit and could not prove that the accused had forged the certificates presented to INEC, dismissing the matter and awarding a cost of N500,000 to the accused and his party.
The PDP however, stated its decision to appeal the case.
Meanwhile, an FCT High Court in Apo, dismissed another case against another governor, Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa, who had allegedly forged certificates presented to INEC.
Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, in his judgment stated that the court in Abuja lacked the jurisdiction to try the case, as it was best suited for Adamawa state.
The case against the governor, had been filed by a non-governmental association, Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom of Human Rights Foundation International, who claimed that the APC flag bearer had declared a false age and educational qualification before the electoral body.
The organization challenged Bindow’s education at the Government Secondary School, Miango, Plateau state, saying, “Incontrovertible evidence shows that Governor Bindow never attended the said school nor sat for the WAEC examination to warrant the issuance of the Testimonial or any other certificate.”