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Court dismisses suit challenging Gov Yahaya’s candidacy

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has struck out the case brought before it by the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Gombe State, Mohammed Barde, against Governor Muhammadu Yahaya, the Independent National Electoral Commission and two others.

The court declined to nullify the candidacy of the governor.

Ruling on Tuesday, Justice Binta Nyako dismissed the allegation that the governor in a bid to aid his qualification submitted forged documents to INEC.

Cited as 1st to 3rd defendants in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1301/2022, were INEC, the All Progressives Congress, and Governor Yahaya, respectively.

The plaintiff, through his lawyer, Johnson Usman, SAN, alleged that the governor lied on oath in documents he presented before INEC.

The plaintiff alleged that whereas the governor, in the Form CF001 he submitted to INEC in aid of his qualification to contest the 2019 governorship election, stated that he worked with A.Y.U&Co Ltd from1980-1990, however, in the Form EC-9 he submitted to seek re-election, he claimed that he worked at the same company from 1985 to 2003.

The plaintiffs argued that the third defendant was inconsistent in the depositions he made on oath.

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