- These are troubling times for Adamawa state governor, Jibrilla Bindow
- A human rights group has dragged the governor to court for alleged forgery
- The APC governor is to answer offences bothering on perjury
A human rights group, Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN), has urged the Abuja division of the Federal High Court to compel the Inspector General of Police to prosecute the governor of Adamawa state, Muhammad Jibrilla Bindow over offences bothering on perjury.
In the originating summons, a copy which was shared to journalists, the governor was said not to have completed his secondary education at the Government Secondary School, Mangu, Plateau state, as claimed.
Among the relief sought by the plaintiffs is an order compelling the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to produce the result of the governor within fourteen (14) days.
Apart from Governor Bindow, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), West African Examination Council (WAEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Nigeria Police Force(NPF) are joined as defendants.
The group also asked the court to determine “whether by the true interpretation of Section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution, the first defendant (Jibrilla) is not absolutely disqualified from seeking re-election to the office on the ground that he does not possess a school certificate or its equivalent issued to him by the second defendant either in 1983 or at any time whatsoever.
“Whether the fourth defendant should not decline to present the first defendant to the third defendant to purposes of screening ahead of the forthcoming election to the office of governor of Adamawa state on the ground that he does not possess a school certificate or Its equivalent issued to him by the second defendant either in I983 or at any time whatsoever.”
The group also requested an order directing the police to “carry out its legal duty by arresting and prosecuting the first defendant for perjury if the fifth defendant investigates and finds that first defendant neither completed his secondary education at Government Secondary School, Mangu, Plateau state in 1983 nor was issued any school certificate or its equivalent by the second defendant.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in Adamawa have rejected the indirect primaries planned by the state government ahead of the primary elections.
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The stakeholders led by the immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir Lawal also complained about marginalization and hijacking of the state congresses by the Adamawa government.
They made the allegations at a press briefing held in Yola, the state capital on Saturday, September 15.
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