A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday dismissed the bid by a factional group in the Action Alliance (AA) to stop the certificate forgery suit filed against the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
The Federal High Court rejected the suit by the group loyal to Tinubu led by Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje. The group had wanted to join the suit to defend Tinubu in the certificate forgery suit filed against Tinubu by the AA party. Justice Obiora Egwuatu in his ruling said the conditions precedent for such a joinder to be granted was not placed before the court. The presiding Judge further stated that Omo-Aje did not establish his claim as National Chairman of the AA and also did not disclose how his interest would be jeopardized if not joined as a defendant in the suit. Justice Egwuatu while dismissing the joinder request held that the group remains a meddlesome interloper and busybody until their interests likely to be affected are clearly established. In the ruling, Justice Egwuatu said both Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje and Ambassador Suleiman Abdumalik who filed the joinder application on behalf of their faction failed to satisfy the conditions on why they should be joined. The Judge held that they also failed to make a case in any form, to sway the court to join them. The factional group in the joinder application sought for dismissal of the suit against Tinubu on the ground that they did not authorize the suit to be filed in the name or on behalf of the party (as party officials). The Judge thereafter ordered the plaintiff (AA) to open its case of certificate forgery allegations against Tinubu on Friday, November 4, 2022. Justice Egwuatu specifically ordered that witnesses in the suit must be brought before the court to enable it to determine the suit within the time stipulated by law. Action Alliance Party in the suit is seeking the disqualification of Tinubu from the 2023 election on alleged certificate Forgery. The party had on June 21, asked the court to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from including the name of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ballot of the 2023 presidential election. The party in the Writ of Summon marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/954/2022, predicated its request on the claim that both the APC and its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu are not qualified to participate in the 2023 presidential election on alleged forgery committed by Tinubu in 1999. The suit filed on behalf of the plaintiff by its lawyer, Mr Upkai Ukairo, claimed that Tinubu forged the university of Chicago certificate he submitted in 1999 in aid of his qualification for the 1999 governorship election in Lagos State, which was won by Tinubu. The suit, dated and filed on June 21, has the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Bola Tinubu as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.
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