Abdulrauf Modibbo, the APC member elected to represent Yola South/Yola North/Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State at the National Assembly has been sacked by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
According to reports, Justice Inyang Ekwo nullified Modibbo’s victory, over certificate forgery.
Modibbo was declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress primaries that was held back on October 7, 2018, in Yola and went on to represent APC in the 2019 general elections, where he also won the election.
However, Mustapha Usman dragged Modibbo to court after the elections, on grounds that the latter forged his age making him not qualified to contest the APC primaries.
Usman asked that the court disqualifies Modibbo as the APC candidate for Yola North/Yola South/Girei Federal Constituency.
Justice Ekwo in his judgement declared that Modibbo was not qualified to contest the APC primaries, as well as the 2019 National Assembly election while declaring Usman as the lawful winner of the October 7, 2018, APC primaries.
The judge further held that Usman also proved that Modibbo did falsify his age in order to contest the election by submitting forged certificates so he could contest in the party’s primaries.
It was also revealed in court that Modibbo was still a Corps member when he contested the primaries, saying this 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.”
Justice Ekwo then declared that Usman, who polled the second highest number of votes in the October 7, 2018 primaries, be declared the winner of the Yola South/Yola North/Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State and ordered that his name be replaced with Modibbo’s as the lawful candidate of the APC and winner of the election.
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