Posted by Sunday Ejike, Abuja | 4 February 2019 | 1,761 times
The Federal High Court, Abuja has been asked to disqualify Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State from contesting the state governorship election, having allegedly forged the certificate of birth he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for his clearance.
The plaintiff, Elvis Chinda, in a suit marked FHC / ABJ / CS /1430/3018 and filed November 26, 2018 prayed that except an order is made to disqualify Gov Wike from contesting the election scheduled for March this year, INEC, the 1st defendant will not be in a position to enforce the violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) committed by Wike.
The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo last Friday adjourned the hearing of the substantive suit to February 6, after plaintiff counsel Achinike William-Wobodo informed the court that INEC, who filed some processes, was not represented in Court.
According to the document in Court, Wike had forged his certificate of birth and lied to INEC to secure his nomination as the governorship candidate of the PDP for the forthcoming election in Rivers State.
Plaintiff averred that Wike breached the Constitution in his deposition titled : “Affidavit in Support of Personal Particulars of Persons Seeking Election to the Office /Membership of Governor( Form C. F. 001) on 29th October 2018 sworn to at the High Court Registry, Port Harcourt, which he submitted to INEC on the 2nd November 2018 for the 2019 governorship election.”
He further averred that Wike certificate of birth (Statutory Declaration of Age) attached to his Form C.F.001 presented to INEC, purportedly deposed to on the 3rd October 1986 by one Collins Nyeme Wike had claimed that Nyesom Wike, at the time of deposition is a native of Rumuepirikom in Obio / Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State and that the said certificate was forged.
“That as at 3rd October 1986 there was no local Government Area known as Obio /Akpor Local Government Area in existence in Rivers State as at 1986,
“Rumuepirikom was not in Obio /Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, but in Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State being the parent LGA from where Obio /Akpor Local Government Area was carved out”.
He said that Obio /Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State was created in 1989 by Decree No 12 of 1989, two years after the alleged forgery was committed and that the certificate of birth (Statutory Declaration of Age) was purported sworn to and issued at the High/Magistrate’s Court Registry, Port Harcourt but allegedly bears stamp of the Judiciary Probate Registry, Port Harcourt.
According to the plaintiff: “There was no Court Registry, whether in 1986 or afterwards known as High/Magistrate Court Registry Port Harcourt. No such Registry existed or exists anywhere in Port Harcourt or Rivers State.”
Plaintiff said the forged certificate of birth misled INEC into believing that Wike had a genuine birth certificate that confirms his alleged date of birth, given as 13th March 1963.
The plaintiff stated that Wike presented the forged certificate of birth to maintain consistency and cover up falsehood and lies which he started in 1998.
According to the document in Court, the cover up began “in 1989, when Wike expressed the desire to contest for the local chairmanship of Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area Council election in Rivers State which INEC had fixed 35 years age for eligibility.
Wike was 30 years of age then and ineligible for that election. In order to qualify for that election, he forged the Certificate of birth now in contention. He has used it in subsequent elections.
The plaintiff stated that “INEC is not in a position legally to disqualify Wike from contesting the governorship election except the Court gave an order disqualifying him for the breach of Section 182 (1) (j) of the Constitution.
The plaintiff wants the court to declare whether the certificate of Birth titled Statutory Declaration of Age deposed to by one Collins Nyeme Wike purportedly sworn to on 3rd October 1986 at the High/ Court Magistrate’s Court Registry, Port Harcourt lied about/against itself and contained falsehoods
•Excerpted from a Tribune report
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