- The APC has dismissed the allegations that its deputy governorship candidate in the Edo governorship election provided false information to INEC
- The party argued that Audu is duly qualified to seek election as deputy governor of Edo state
- The statement was made by Ehiogie West-Idahosa, the chairman of the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s legal team
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the allegations that its deputy governorship candidate in the Edo governorship election, Abudu Ganiyu Audu provided false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The party in a statement on Tuesday, August 11, argued that Audu is duly qualified to seek election as deputy governor of Edo state, This Day reported.
Ehiogie West-Idahosa, the chairman of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s legal team described the allegations against Audu as malicious and a false narrative.
“The name description of Abudu Ganiyu Audu contained on his educational qualifications submitted to INEC for the said election correctly belongs to him and in some cases are abbreviations or synonyms of his name,” West-Idahosa stated.
“Even at that, those abbreviations and synonyms have been validly reconciled with his name vide the appropriate instruments duly issued by the relevant Court as prescribed by the Supreme Court in Appeal No. SC/1/2020, PDP VS. Eremienyo & 3 ORS.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja has taken action on a suit seeking the disqualification of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and his running mate, Audu Ganiyu from the coming election in Edo state.
The court in a suit filed by Momoh Abdul-Razak and Zibiri Muhizu, both members of the APC, ordered substituted service on Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Audu Ganiyu, The Cable reported.
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/ 758/ 2020, seeks to disqualify the APC governorship candidate from the Edo governorship election on the allegation that his running mate, Ganiyu submitted false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to aid his qualification for the poll.
The plaintiffs also alleged that there were irregularities in Ganiyu’s name and academic credentials.
The APC, INEC, Ganiyu, and Ize-Iyamu, are the first, second, third, and fourth defendants, respectively.
In another report, INEC has disclosed that it has shelved the idea of suspending the Edo governorship election after political parties complied with its notice over threats of violence. Festus Okoye, INEC's national commissioner for information and chairman of voter education, made the disclosure on Wednesday, August 12 on Channels TV.
According to This Day, he assured Nigerians that the September 19 Edo governorship election will go ahead as planned.
The INEC official said that the commission has observed that political parties toned down from the threats of violence ahead with the poll.
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