The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship flag bearer in Gombe State have pleaded with the Federal High Court in Abuja, to disqualify the incumbent governor, Mohammed Yahaya Inuwa and his deputy, Jatau Daniel, from contesting in the 2023 gubernatorial poll.
The party and its flag bearer alleged that governor Inuwa and his deputy submitted forged certificates to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In suit No: FJC/ABJ/CS/1301/2022 instituted on August 2, 2022, the party and Barde prayed to the court to disqualify the governor and his deputy from contesting the election for submitting forged documents and certificates to INEC which were published on July 22, 2022.
The plaintiffs alleged that the deputy governor bears multiple names in all his educational certificates without any valid change of name attached to his Form EC-9 submitted to INEC.
Certificate of Primary Education bears (Manassah Jatau), West African Examination Council School Certificate (Daniel Manassah J), University of Maiduguri Certificate (Manassah Daniel Jatau) and National Youth Service Corp Certificate (Daniel Manassah), the plaintiffs argued.
Similarly, governor Inuwa in 2018 while presenting his personal particulars in aid of his qualification to participate in the Gombe State governorship election stated in his INEC FORM CF001 that he worked with A.Y.U & Co. Ltd from 1980 – 1990, while in 2022, he stated in his INEC FORM EC-9 that he worked with A.Y.U. & Co Ltd from 1985 – 2003.
“That the Governor, by his INEC FORM CF001 has stated under oath that in 1980 -1990, he worked with A.Y.U. & Co Ltd, however, in 2022, the Governor stated again on oath via his INEC FORM EC-9 that he worked with the same A.Y.U. & Co. Ltd from 1985 – 2003,” the party said in a writ presented before the court.
Further, they maintained that the deputy governor who claimed to have worked with the Nigeria Army from August 1979 to July 1980 submitted an NYSC discharge certificate that stated that he commenced his National Youth Service in August 1979 and completed the same in July 1979.
The plaintiffs argued that both the governor and his deputy are not qualified to contest the election, thereby praying to the Federal High Court to disqualify the duo from participating in the 2023 governorship poll.