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PDP asks court to disqualify Gombe state governor and his deputy over ‘certificate forgery’

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe has filed a suit before a federal high court in Abuja, seeking the disqualification of Inuwa Yahaya, the governor, and Jatau Daniel, his deputy, from the 2023 governorship election over alleged certificate forgery.

The PDP, in an originating summons filed on its behalf by Arthur Okafor, and J.J Usman, senior advocates of Nigeria, alleged that Yahaya and his deputy made false claims in forms EC-9 submitted to INEC.

This, according to the party, is a disqualifying ground under sections 177(d) and 182(1)(j) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The plaintiffs alleged that in 2022, Yahaya submitted form EC-9 (affidavit of personal particulars of person seeking election into the office of governor of Gombe state) where he stated that he worked in the Bauchi State Investment Company Ltd in 1984, A.Y.U & Co. Ltd between 1985-2003 as against what he deposed to in 2018.

“That Yahaya in 2018 while presenting his personal particulars to INEC to participate in the Gombe state governorship election, stated in his INEC FORM CF001 that he worked with A.Y.U & Co. Ltd. from 1980 to 1990,” they said.

“That, however, in 2022, the same Inuwa stated in his INEC FORM EC-9 that he worked with A.Y.U. & Co Ltd from 1985 – 2003.

“The governor by his INEC FORM CF001 has stated under oath that in 1980 -1990, he worked with A.Y.U. & Co Ltd.

“However, in 2022, the same Inuwa stated again on oath via his INEC FORM EC-9 that he worked with the same A.Y.U. & Co. Ltd from 1985 – 2003.”

The plaintiffs alleged that Jatau bears different names in his school certificates.

“West African examination Council School Certificate (Daniel Manassah J); University of Maiduguri Certificate (Manassah Daniel Jatau) and National Youth Service Corp Certificate (Daniel Manassah), without a deed poll and any valid change of name attached to his Form EC-9 submitted to INEC,” they alleged.

The plaintiffs also alleged that there were discrepancies in Jatau’s INEC form EC-9 where he stated that he commenced his NYSC after he left the Nigerian Army in July 1980, but submitted an NYSC certificate that stated that he started his service in August 1979 and ended in July 1979.

The plaintiffs argued that the deputy governor, who claimed to be working with the army from the period of August 1979 till July 1980, submitted an NYSC discharge certificate with contrary information.

“The paragraph D of the Jatau’s INEC form EC-9 claimed that he worked for the Nigeria army from July 1979 till August 1980 and his reason for leaving in July 1980 was for the National Youth Service,” they added.

“The form EC-9, being an affidavit on oath, both Yahaya and his deputy, haven made false statement therein, had committed forgery and therefore, not qualified to contest the state election.”

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Ghana president, Nana Akufo-Addo, disowns post asking Tinubu to ‘give Peter Obi a chance’

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Nana Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana, has disowned a Facebook post claiming he advised Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), to give Peter Obi a chance.

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Akufo-Addo said the post regarding Tinubu and Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), is false and mischievous.

The Ghana president said he did not author such a post and will never interfere in Nigeria’s internal affairs and politics.

“My attention has been drawn to a disturbing post making the rounds on social media, where it is alleged I have written to the 2023 presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to ‘give Peter Obi a chance and seek treatment for his health’,” Akufo-Addo wrote.

“This is completely false and mischievous, with no iota of truth whatsoever in it.

“I have written no such letter to the APC leader, and it will not occur to me to do so.

“Ghana and Nigeria boast of decades of cordial, strong and brotherly relations, and I am not going to be the one to interfere in the internal affairs and politics of Nigeria.”

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Report claiming Lawan, Akpabio now recognised as senatorial candidates is false, says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied the claim that it has recognised Ahmad Lawan and Godswill Akpabio as senatorial candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In June, INEC had excluded Lawan, senate president, and Akpabio, former minister of Niger Delta affairs, from the list of candidates contesting Yobe north and Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial districts, respectively.

Meanwhile, APC had submitted the names of Lawan and Akpabio as senatorial candidates, despite the controversy that surrounded the primaries of the party.

On Tuesday, an online report had claimed that INEC had “backdated” the certified true copies of its report on the APC primaries to accommodate some aspirants.

Reacting to the report, Festus Okoye, INEC spokesperson, in a statement on Tuesday, said it defies logic for the commission to “doctor” documents to recognise Akpabio and Lawan after it had refused to publish their names.

“Not for the first time, our attention has been drawn to a story published by an online medium that the Commission has doctored, backdated and certified documents to accommodate the nominations emanating from Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts in respect of Senators Ahmad Lawan and Godswill Akpabio,” the statement reads.

“Nothing can be further from the truth. As evidence of the alleged role played by the commission, a certified true copy of form 9C uploaded by their political party and received by the commission on 17th June 2022 when the nomination portal closed was presented.

“For clarity, the form EC9 (submission of names of candidates by political parties) is the form uploaded by parties on the INEC nomination portal.

“This is clearly indicated on the title of the form which was received on 17th June 2022 when the portal closed. What follows is the publication of the personal particulars of nominated candidates which was done a week later.

“The forms of the two personalities in question were not published by the commission. The decision of the commission triggered legal action which is still ongoing.

“It therefore defies logic and common sense to go around and submit doctored documents purportedly recognising the duo as candidates when the matter is clearly sub-judice.

“As part of the ongoing case in Court, a law firm requested the Commission for a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Form EC9 submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District which we are duty bound to oblige them under the law.

“The form was certified on 15th July 2022. If minimum care had been exercised by the promoters of the story, they would have seen the two stamps of the Commission bearing different dates on the Form. It is this Form that is now misconstrued as INEC’s endorsement.

“For the record, the commission has not recognised any of the two personalities as a senatorial candidate.”

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JUST IN: Dariye and Nyame released from Kuje prison — 16 weeks after state pardon

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Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau, and Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba, have been released from the correctional facility in Kuje council area.

The development comes almost four months after the former governors were granted state pardon.

At a council of state meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in April, Dariye and Nyame were among 159 inmates pardoned.

They were granted pardons on the grounds of age and ill health.

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