Certificate Forgery: Court Gives Final Verdict on PDP’s Suit Against Gombe Governor
- Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state will remain the authentic candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the 2023 general elections
- The federal high court in Abuja struck out the application filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contesting the eligibility of his certificate
- According to the ruling of the court, the case lacked competence and the plaintiff was in no position to file the suit since he is not a member of the party
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FCT, Abuja - The Federal High Court in Abuja has given a favourable judgment to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state in a suit contesting the authenticity of his certificate.
As reported by Vanguard, the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako struck out suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1301/2022 filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Gombe, Muhammed Jibrin Barde against Governor Inuwa, INEC and two other respondents.
The plaintiff had accused the incumbent governor of producing false academic documents to INEC under the oath of the law.
Counsel to the defendant, Marshall Abubakar challenged the allegations made by the plaintiff and the competence of the suit filed.
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Defence counsel objects plaintiff's plea
In the object to the plaintiff's application, the defence counsel stated that the suit lacked the locus standi (legal rights) to present such a case before the court as it is not appropriate to challenge the nomination of a candidate in another political party.
As argued by the defence counsel, only a party member of the nominated candidate can present such a case before the court for adjudication.
Furthermore, the defence counsel pointed out that the suit filed against Governor Inuwa did not establish any concrete cause of action, which in turn makes the case statute-barred.
While issuing the ruling, Justice Nyako upheld the objection of the defendant and declared the case as one that lacked competence.
With less than six weeks to the general elections, Governor Inuwa will be looking to return to the government house for a second term under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
2023: Major setback for APC as court nullifies guber primary, sacks candidate in powerful northern state
In another development, the Benue state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) will be going through another hurdle to deciding its gubernatorial candidate.
With less than six weeks to the general elections, an appellate court sitting in Makurdi has issued a ruling nullifying the guber primary election of the party.
The court held that the initial primary polls conducted were invalid and the party was given 14 days to conduct another primary election.
2023 presidency: Court gives crucial verdict over APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progress Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be contesting in next month's presidential poll.
Tinubu and the APC who have been battling a suit over the adoption of the same-faith ticket, were cleared by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed who presided over the case said the suit seeking Tinubu's disqualification lacked locus standi.