Politics

Court stops re election bid of Council Vice Chairman over certificate forgery

By Olalekan Awojodu

Abuja

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the election of the Vice Chairman of Bwari Area Council, FCT, Musa Aminu due to certificate forgery allegations.

Aminu got his election nullified on Monday in a judgment delivered by Justice Obiora Egwuatu over the allegation leveled against him by one Hassan Zakari who is the Plaintiff’ in the matter.

Also caught up in the litigation is the incumbent Chairman of the Area Council, John Shekwogaza also of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The duo are aspirants warming up for reelection in the council elections slated for February 2022. Both candidates are currently running on a joint ticket.

While Patience Ahiyaba is Counsel to the Plaintiff’s, Gabriel Apata is the Defendants’ Counsel in the legal tussle.

Although both men were alleged to have given false statement in their forms EC9 submitted to INEC, Mr. Shekwogaza was cleared of the allegations.

While giving a verdict on the case, Justice Obiora Egwuatu declared Musa Aminu disqualified from seeking re-election to the Vice Chairmanship post of the Bwari Area Council.

While fielding questions from newsmen after the proceedings, both the plaintiff and defendants have both expressed their readiness to appeal the judgment.

Justice Egwuatu did not however pronounce the disqualifications of the incumbent Chairman while reeling out his verdict.

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