Kwara Gov, Abdulrasaq asks Abuja court to dismiss PDP’s certificate forgery suit against him

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss a certificate forgery suit instituted against him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for want of merit and jurisdiction.

The governor told the court that the suit was baseless and unwarranted as it constituted a gross abuse of court process.

In a preliminary objection to the suit filed on his behalf by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Prince Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi, Governor Abdulrasaq asked Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo to throw away the suit.

He claimed that the purported certificate forgery and perjury had been raised in another suit in 2019 by PDP’S former governorship candidate, Rasaki Atunwa, adjudicated upon and dismissed by Justice Bassey Effiong Ikpeme for being worthless and unmeritorious.

Among others, Abdulrasaq argued that PDP lacked requisite locus standi to challenge the primary election that produced him as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) because its not a member of the party.

Specifically, he labeled PDP as a busy body and meddlesome interloper because it has no right whatsoever to dabble into the internal affairs of the APC.

He averred that none of the APC governorship aspirants who participated in the primary election and who have legal rights to question anything relating to the primary election has ever been in court for whatever reason.

The governor insisted that PDP’S suit disclosed no reasonable cause of action because the alleged certificate forgery the fresh suit is predicated upon had been looked into and dismissed as far back as 2019.

Besides, he said that the court action has no life to sustain it or legs to stand upon having been instituted outside the period required by law.

With the listed grounds of objections, the governor prayed Justice Ekwo to sustain all the grounds of objections and dismiss the suit in its entirety.

PDP had in the suit claimed that the governor used forged West African School Certificate to secure nomination for the 2023 governorship election in the state.

The Court was asked to disqualify the governor and APC from participating in the next year gubernatorial election.

The fresh suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1324/22 was filed on PDP’S behalf by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, Chief Paul Erokoro and has Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq and APC as 1st to 3rd defendants respectfully.

The Court was asked to invoke sections 171 and 285 of the 1999 Constitution as well as section 29 of the Electoral Act to quash the planned participation of the governor in the forthcoming election.

PDP also prayed the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delist the governor and APC from the list of cleared candidates and parties for the poll.

Specifically, PDP asserted that the WAEC School Certificate submitted by the governor through APC to INEC aid his educational qualifications as provided in section 177 of the 1999 Constitution was forged and did not belong to him.

Meanwhile, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo has fixed Friday, October 28 for hearing of the suit.

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