- A Federal High Court in Abuja strikes out an alleged certificate forgery suit against Governor Jibrila Bindow
- The court describes the suit as an academic exercise since the election is over
- The plaintiff earlier wanted to be declared the duly elected candidate of the APC ahead of the governorship election
Weeks after he was defeated in the governorship election, the suit against Governor Jibrila Bindow of Adamawa state has been thrown out by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for lack of jurisdiction.
Ruling on the alleged certificate forgery suit which sought the disqualification of Governor Bindow as a candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the recently held election, Justice Inyang Ekwo held that the polls had become an academic exercise.
Leadership reports that Manhood Ahmed Modi, an in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari had filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1377/2018 and seeking to disqualify Bindow, a sitting governor, from flying the flag of the APC during the election.
He also sought to be announced as the right candidate of the party.
The report said the All Progressive Congress, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the registered trustees of the Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy were joined as defendants.
The plaintiff claimed that Bindow supplied false information to INEC in his form CF 001 by purporting to have sat for WAEC in June, 1983.
In his judgement, Justice Ekwo reportedly upheld the objection raised against the suit by counsel to the governor, Chief Chris Uche (SAN) that the suit had become an academic exercise.
Legit.ng reported that INEC recently announced that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 13 seats of the Adamawa state House of Assembly.
The commission said in a statement by Rifkatu Maxwell, its Head of Voters Education and Publicity on Monday, March 25, in Yola, that the All Progressives Congress (APC),which is the ruling party in the state, won 11 seats.
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