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Tribunal Sacks Lawmaker Over Perjury, Fake Certificate

.. .Nullifies Election Of Second APC Lawmaker

The Election Petition Tribu­nal sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday nullified the election of Mr Ikechukwu Amuka (APC) representing Ideato South con­stituency in the State House of Assembly.

This came barely hours af­ter the tribunal also nullified the election that brought in the member representing Oru East State Constituency, Mr. Nken- na Nzeruo of the APC.

The tribunal also ordered the Independent National Elec­toral Commission (INEC) to immediately issue certificate of return to Mrs. Nkechinyere Ugwu of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) for the po­sition.

Justice P.I. Idong, who deliv­ered the more than three hours judgment of the three-man panel, affirmed that Amuka presented forged West Africa Examination School Certifi­cate result to INEC to contest the April 11,2015 election.

The tribunal further ordered the speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly to imme­diately swear-in Ugwu as the genuine winner of the April 11, state legislative election for Ideato South.

Reviewing evidences and submissions by the parties in the petition, the court noted that the photography on the origi­nal WAEC results tendered by Amuka was that of one Kevin I. Amuka who attended St. Pe­ter Claver  Seminary, Okpala.

It maintained that subjects claimed to have been written by the respondent was doubt­ful , noting that the respondent failed to proof to the panel that he at the time of the said elec­tion was qualified by law to contest.

The court stated that after comparing the picture and the physical appearance of the first respondent, it was clear that the picture on the result did not belong to the first respondent (Amuka).

“With the evidence before this tribunal, we are convinced that the first respondent pre­sented forged certificate to INEC and therefore lied on oath and should be prosecut­ed for perjury and forgery by INEC”, the tribunal ruled.

The tribunal also ordered that the majority votes which the first respondent claimed he had scored to win the elec­tion be declared null and void, while the said miserable 3,392 votes scored by the petitioner be taken as the valid votes.

While ordering that the peti­tioner be issued with certificate of return by INEC, the tribunal also ordered the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly to swear-in the petitioner as duly elected member for April 11, 2015 election for Ideato South state constituency seat.

  • Oluyole omoba

    Ibo people with wuruwuru again !!! Nigerias are watching.

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