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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
A suit seeking to disqualify the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate for the Edo State gubernatorial elections, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his running mate, Audu Abudu Ganiyu, from partcipating in the September 19 State governorship polls has been filed at the Federal High Court, Benin by the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
The suit filed at the High Court had the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ize-Iyamu Osagie Andrew, Audu Abudu Ganiyu and the All Progressives Congress as defendants.
The party also alleged that the Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC presented forged documents to the INEC.
Confirming the suit to journalists on Sunday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Adelaja Adeoye, said, the party had filed a suit, seeking the disqualification of APC candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, from participating in the forthcoming election, over certificate forgery. The pary stressed that the fact of the matter was a serious matter, and ADP would ensure justice was served.
Read the statement: “For us to have good governance and good leaders in any part of this country, those contesting elections, must present authentic qualifications, as required by the electoral umpire, INEC, anything contrary must be challenged at the court.
“Recall that the PDP candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki was disqualified by his former party, APC, over disparity in his names on his National Youth Sevice Corps (NYSC) certificate, an error which was later corrected by NYSC”.
The party maintained that, the Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC who bears the name Audu Abudu Ganiyu presented to the INEC a voters card which bore the name Audu Abdul Ganiyu.
ADP stressed that Audu also presented a West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and General Certificate of Education (GCE) bearing the name Audu Ahudu Gsneyu to INEC.
ADP asked the Court to interprete the certificates and declare that the Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC presented forged certificates to INEC, which, according to it violated Section 182(1)(j) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended).
The Plaintiff sought an order disqualifying Ize-Iyamu Osagie Andrew, Audu Abudu Ganiyu and the APC from contesting the September 19 gubernatorial poll as well as an order compelling the INEC to remove Ize-Iyamu Osagie Andrew, Audu Abudu Ganiyu and APC from its list of candidates eligible to contest the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.