Monday, 15 December 2014

Hassan Saleh ask Court to stop PDP from Presenting Christian Abah as candidate to INEC

A Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to stop the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from fielding Mr Christian Abah as its candidate for election into the House of Representatives for the Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo federal constituency of Benue State.

A suit filed by Mr Hassan Saleh through his lawyer, Emeribe Mathias, alleged that Abah forged the National Diploma certificate, which he submitted to the PDP, upon which he was cleared to participate in the primaries, to select the party’s candidate for election into the House of Representatives.

Abah won the highest votes at the party’s primaries held on December 6, to select PDP’s candidate for election into the constituency.

However, Saleh who came second in the primaries is alleging that the certificate presented by Abah was a forgery.

Saleh is asking the court to declare that the National Diploma certificate in Accountancy, purportedly obtained in August 31, 1986 by Abah from the Federal Polytechnic Mubi, in Adamawa State, which was presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was forged.

The plaintiff asked the court to declare that the clearance given to Abah by PDP was null and void and of no effect, in as much as it failed to comply with the party’s electoral guidelines and the 1998 constitution, as amended.

He asked the court for an order, directing the PDP to issue him with a certificate of return as the duly nominated candidates of the party in the primaries, held on December 6, 2014 for the Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency of Benue State, having polled the highest number of valid votes.

He further asked the court to declare that PDP was bound by the 1999 Constitution to present only candidate that was not constitutional impaired to contest for the general election.

He asked the court to compel PDP to withdraw Abah’s name from INEC and in its place submit his own name as its candidate for the Federal Constituency in question.

In an affidavit, which he deposed to in support of his originating summons, Saleh said that before the primaries took place, he wrote to the party’s legal adviser and the Inspector General of Police that Abah was not qualified to participate in the primaries because he presented a forged certificate.

He said: “That it was a surprise that inspite of the petition showing clearly the certificate forgery, PDP still went ahead to clear and allow Abah to contest the primaries, where he was declared winner with a delegate score of 70 votes, as against the plaintiff’s score of 58.”

He further averred, “That in 2011 Abah tried to use this same forged certificate and the plaintiff successfully challenged him in court in suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/195/11, he withdrew his candidature.

He said that if PDP was not restrained, it would go ahead to present an unqualified person to INEC as its candidate.

The case will come up before Justice Gabriel Kolawole on January 27, 2014.

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