Nasarawa Senatorial Aspirant Accuses Opponent Of Forging INEC Stamp, Signature

Nasarawa Senatorial Aspirant Accuses Opponent Of Forging INEC Stamp, Signature

By David Christopher, Lafia

An aspirant of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Nasarawa West senatorial primaries, Barrister Labaran Magaji, has alleged forgery of applications filed by the defendants in ongoing suit seeking to upturn the APC senatorial primaries that produced Arch Shehu Tukur as candidate for 2023 election.

Addressing journalists immediately after the adjournment of the case at the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital on Wednesday, Magaji revealed that second defendant filed a forged applications with the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) stamp and signature.

His words, “We are extremely comfortable with the procceding of today. What transpired in court today was that almost all the defendants filed their processes out of time.

“Now, we would have procceed to the trial by way of adopting all our processes because all of them are seen to have been properly filed and servered on parties, but what we again discovered today is another set of forgery of INEC stamp and signature by the second defendant.

“It is on the basis of that, we sought for an adjournment to enable us do the needful and expose those people to the court again. And it is at that point by the grace of God that we are going to deploy our criminal exparties and I want to see some people on their way to jail,” he concluded. 

According to him, it was based on forgery of applications of the case that the Judge graciously adjourned the matter to the 31st of August 2022 for them to produce the particulars of the forgery and adoption, including the adjournment for judgement.

He continued, “The forgery is on all the exihbits. The list of delegates, instead of them to go and obtain a certified true copy, they brought it out from wherever they found it and now append the signature of an INEC staff and we are taking it up very seriously because we need to sanitize the system.”

He, however called on all his supporters to remain calm and be law-abiding.

Earlier, counsel to the respondent, Ibrahim Kanje Bawa SAN, explained that forgery was not just by words of mouth, arguing that let the counsel to the plaintiff come before the presiding Judge and prove his allegation of forgery.

He said, “Today, all the preliminary issues have been taken. What was left was for the parties to adopt all their processes, that will give way for judgement but the plaintiff counsel asked for adjournment because he believes that INEC should be sophona.” 

Also speaking to newsmen, counsel to the plaintiff, Barrister Gali Umar-Ahmed stated that the applications were moved for regularization of processes filed, adding that though no opposition was filed as regard the application but they have to allow them to come in and say what they should tell the court too in defence of their allegations against them.

AljazirahNigeria gathered that Barrister Labaran Magaji had filed a suit challenging the outcome of the senatorial primary election held on June 4, 2022 which produced  Arc. Shehu Tukur as candidate of the party.

In a suit number FHC/LA/11/2022 against the national secretariat of the party and 10 others contesting their involvement in the primary election for Nasarawa West which was alleged to be marred by irregularities ranging from list of fake delegates.

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