- Audu Ganiyu, the APC deputy governorship candidate in the last Edo gubernatorial election has been disqualified
- Ganiyu was disqualified by the Edo State High Court for submitting false information to INEC
- The running mate of Osagie Ize-Iyamu is yet to react to the ruling
The candidacy of Audu Ganiyu, the running mate of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 2020 governorship election has been nullified.
According to The Punch, Ganiyu was disqualified by an Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City, on Wednesday, January 6.
The presiding judge, Justice H.A Courage-Ogbebor gave the judgment on the case in suit No: B/358/20 filed by Kadiri Oshoakhemhe, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was gathered that Oshoakhemhe had filed a case against the APC deputy governorship candidate and two others.
Courage-Ogbebor in the ruling held that Ganiyu presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in his Form EC9.
This is coming more than a week after the suit by the PDP which challenged the participation of Ize-Iyamu of the APC was voided by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Delivering the judgment on Tuesday, December 29, Justice Ahmed Mohammed ruled that the application of the PDP is not only academic but unnecessary in light of the outcome of the election.
Moreover, Justice Mohammed pointed out that the suit holds nothing because the APC's flagbearer in the Edo gubernatorial election has not challenged the result of the poll.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the APC on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, made progress in its bid to get Governor Godwin Obaseki disqualified in the September 19 governorship election in Edo state over alleged certificate forgery.
The party tendered two more documents in support of its allegation against Governor Obaseki at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
One of the documents was the original copy of a first-degree certificate awarded to one Emmanuel Balogun by the University of Ibadan on July 6, 1979.
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