- A Federal High Court sitting in Niger on Monday, March 4, upheld the candidacy the governor of the state, Abubakar Bello in the forthcoming gubernatorial poll
- This was against the certificate forgery suit file against the Governor Bello by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- The court dismissed the suit on the ground that the PDP's sole witness, after cross-questioning, failed to prove that Bello presented forged certificate
The lawsuit filed against Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger state by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Monday, March 4, dismissed by a Federal High Court sitting in Niger state.
The PDP in its suit alleged that Governor Bello submitted forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the gubernatorial election, Channels TV reports.
However, the presiding judge, Justice Aminu Aliyu, ruled that the suit which was filed beyond the expiration of 14 days, contravenes section 285 (9) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), adding that the PDP's sole witness, after cross-questioning, failed to prove that Bello presented forged certificate to INEC.
Sequel to this, the court further ruled that the plaintiff’s case lacked merit, dismissed it and awarded cost of N500,000 to the first and second defendants.
Counsel to Bello, Jibrin Samuel Okutepa (SAN) described the case as nothing more than political amusement.
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Following this, Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN), the counsel to APC, expressed satisfaction with the judgment, noting that the case was fated to lose ground in court.
Moreover, the counsel to INEC, Johnson Usman, stated that he agreed with the judgment, since it was completely in accordance with the state law.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on Monday, March 4, dismissed a suit alleging that Governor Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa submitted forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) for lack of territorial jurisdiction.
Delivering judgment, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case on the ground that the suit originated from Adamawa and ought to have being filed in the state and not FCT.
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