Court sacks APC Rep-elect

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday, sacked an elected lawmaker representing Yola South/Yola North/Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa in the National Assembly, Abdulrauf Modibbo.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to replace Modibbo with Mustapha Usman and declare the latter as the Rep-elect.

Justice Inyang Ekwo nullified Modibbo’s election while delivering judgment in a suit filed by Mustapha Usman, challenging the election.

Modibbo was declared winner of the All Progressives Congress’ primaries held on October 7, 2018 in Yola, and he eventually represented the APC in the 2019 general elections, in which he was also declared winner.

Usman sued Modibbo after the election, alleging that Modibbo falsified his age and was not eligible to contest the APC primaries.

He prayed the court to disqualify Modibbo as APC candidate for Yola North/Yola South/Girei Federal Constituency.

He joined the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission as defendants in the suit.

Justice Ekwo, in his judgment, declared that Modibbo was not qualified to contest the APC primaries as well as the 2019 House of Representatives election for the federal constituency.

The court held that Usman was the lawful winner of the October 7, 2018 APC primaries and candidate of the party for the constituency.

The judge further held that Usman had successfully proved beyond reasonable doubt that Modibbo falsified his age in order to contest the election.

The court also noted that the plaintiff proved that Modibbo submitted the forged certificates for the purpose of contesting the party primaries.

The court also held that Modibbo was a serving National Youth Corps member when he contested the primary election, saying the action breached Section 4 of the NYSC Act 2004.

“A person who is a lawbreaker cannot be a lawmaker, this illegality is one that cannot be wished away,” the judge said.

The judge declared that in view of the disqualification of Modibbo, Usman, who polled the second highest votes in the October 7, 2018 primary election of the APC for Yola South/Yola North/Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa, was the lawful winner.

Justice Ekwo gave an order directing the APC and INEC to immediately replace Modibbo’s name with that of Usman as the lawful candidate of the APC for the federal constituency.

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