Alleged certificate forgery: Court upholds sack of Ifeanyi Ubah as Senator

A FEDERAL High Court sitting in Abuja has upheld its ruling that sacked candidate of the Young People’s Party, Ifeanyi Ubah, senator representing Anambra South,  over allegations of certificate forgery.

Ubah’s victory was challenged at the court over allegations of forged National Examination Council (NECO) certificate presented to the electoral body.

Ubah had filed a stay of execution against the court’s nullification of his victory at the February 23,  general elections.

He claimed that he and his legal team were not served with the court proceedings and notice of hearing of the suit that challenged his victory at the polls.






     

     

    On December 4, the court ordered all parties involved in the suit including the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to maintain status quo in respect of Ubah’s claim pending the hearing of his application.

    The Court also stopped the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan from swearing-in Ifeanyi Ubah as a member of the National Assembly.

    However, in a fresh ruling by the court on Friday, the presiding judge on the case, Justice Bello Kawu dismissed Ubah’s application on grounds that it lacked merit.

    The Judge ordered that the certificate of return given to Ubah be withdrawn while a fresh one should be issued to the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Obinna Uzoh who was second to Ubah in the polls as declared by INEC.

     

    Lukman Abolade is an Investigative reporter with The ICIR. Reach out to him via [email protected], on twitter @AboladeLAA and FB @Correction94

    Join the ICIR WhatsApp channel for in-depth reports on the economy, politics and governance, and investigative reports.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here


    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

    - Advertisement

    Recent

    - Advertisement