A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to nullify the certificate of return issued to Christian Abah for the Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives of the forthcoming 8th National Assembly.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola, ruled in favour of a suit challenging Abah’s eligibility to stand for the election. He held that the allegation of certificate forgery levelled against him, by the plaintiff, Mr. Hassan Saleh, was established to be true.
Abah was said to have forged an Ordinary National Diploma certificate in Accountancy purportedly obtained from the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, in 1985.
Justice Ademola said his findings revealed that an earlier judgment of the National/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi delivered on September 6, 2011, and a letter by the Registrar of the polytechnic, Mr. Suleiman Buba, affirmed that the certificate presented by by Abah to INEC was forged.
The court ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to immediately commence prosecution of Abah for forgery and perjury.
Abah, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, had earlier been declared unopposed and elected being the only candidate presented for the March 28, 2015 election.
The court in his judgment declared all the votes that accrued to him in the PDP’s primary held on December 6, 2014, as wasted and also declared Saleh, who came second as the winner of the primary.
He ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Saleh.
The court also ordered the incoming Speaker of the 8th National Assembly to swear in Saleh as the member representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency.