A Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo on Friday nullified the nomination of Mr Chukwuma Francis Ibezim as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Imo North Senatorial by-election.
Justice Ekwo, in a judgment today, disqualified Ibezim from contesting the election on the grounds that he made false statements in the affidavit and documents he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC.
He noted that Ibezim presented falsified and uncertified photocopies of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate.
The Judge found that the WAEC certificate he submitted bore two different and irreconcilable names, Ibezim Chukwuma Frank and Ibezim Francis Chukwuma.
Justice Ekwo, however, ordered INEC to remove Ibezim’s name from the list of candidates for the by-election.
The Nation reports that the judgment was on a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1229/2020 filed by Asomugha Tony Elebeke, with Ibezim, APC and INEC as defendants.
ND REPORTERS recalls that the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) had in September raised alarm over the alleged inability of the APC to produce his school certificates.
The rights group in a statement by Emmanuel Onwubiko, its National Coordinator, said the situation was capable of denying the zone its representation in the senate.
Onwubiko, who challenged the APC candidate to produce his educational certificates if at all he had them, said his association was not bothered about who wins the forthcoming Imo senatorial by-election.
Meanwhile, Retired Air Vice Marshall Ahmed Muazu, acting chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had said in November that the commission is ready to conduct the Imo North senatorial by-election slated for December 5.