A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, elected member of the House of Representatives, Christian Abah, has lost his seat after a Federal
Court in Abuja Wednesday directed the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) to invalidate the certificate of return earlier issued
to him due to certificate forgery.
In his ruling, Justice Adeniyi
Ademola, in the suit filed by Hassan saleh, contesting Abah’s
eligibility to stand for the election, held that the allegation of
certificate forgery levelled against the first respondent (Abah) has
been proved to be true beyond reasonable doubts, reports African
The plaintiff alleged that Abah forged the National
Diploma (ND) certificate in Accountancy he claimed to obtain from the
Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Adamawa, in 1985 and which he submitted to the
The judge reiterated that the outcome of the investigations indicated
that an earlier judgment of the National/State Assembly Election
Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, delivered
on September 6, 2011 as well as the purported letter written by the
institution’s Registrar, Mr. Suleiman Buba, confirmed that the
certificate was fake.
Consequently, the court ordered the
Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to immediately commence
prosecution of Abah, who was recently elected to represent
Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo of Benue State Federal Constituency seat for
forgery and perjury.
Abah, was returned unopposed by the INEC as
he was the only candidate fielded for the March 28, 2015 Presidential
and National Assembly elections in his constituency.
Sequel to the
ruling, Justice Ademola established that the votes he garnered during
the State’s NASS primary held December 6, 2014, were invalid, hence
simultaneously ordered that a new Certificate of return be issued to the
plaintiff, Mr. Hassan Saleh.