A Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified the nomination of Chukwuma Francis Ibezim as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Saturday’s Imo North Senatorial by-election.
Justice Inyang Ekwo in a judgment delivered on Friday 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.
The judge ruled 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 subsequently ordered INEC to remove Ibezim’s name from the list of candidates for the by-election.
The judgment was on a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1229/2020 filed by Asomugha Tony Elebeke, with Ibezim, APC and INEC as defendants.
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.