...Says Document Forgery By APC Deputy Governorship Candidate Audu Ganiyu And Ratification Of Ize-Iyamu Suggests APC Not In The Race.
By Shola Adedayo
The All Progressives Congress, APC, and Edo governorship candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu are sitting on a keg of political gunpowder that will soon explode to shatter their plans to forcefully remain in the September 19 governorship race in Edo state.
Coalition for the Rule of Law and Justice of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in a statement on Wednesday noted that two prominent members of the APC as well as the National Rescue Movement, NRM, are praying the Federal High Court, Abuja; to disqualify Ize-Iyamu and his deputy, Mr Audu Ganiyu over document forgery and multifaceted discrepancies in Sworn Affidavit, academic certificates, INEC voters Card and APC membership card, respectively.
The group asserted that apart from the vexed issues of documents forgery and multiple names credited to Ganiyu in various documents and credentials, it insisted that ratification of a governorship candidate in the face of deliberate contempt of Court which subsets produced Osagie Ize-Iyamu as governorship candidate and submission of Names of candidates in a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by APC National Caretaker Committee Chairman instead of the National Chairman of the Party and Secretary clearly suggests serious infractions in the Electoral Act, strong enough to disqualify the candidate and his deputy.
The coalition’s statement signed by the Chief Scribe, Fred Latimore Esq, the Justice group expressed hope that the Courts will tackle the grey areas affecting the entire process of the party’s governorship primaries in Edo State that led to the unlawful ratification of the governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and in the same token, to critically examine the unscrupulous discrepancies in Audu Ganiyu’s sworn Affidavit, WAEC/GCE academic certificates, INEC voters card and APC membership card, respectively and thereafter dispense justice in the matters in the face of evidence before it.
Two chieftains of APC, Mr. Momoh Abdul Razak and Zibiri Muhizu in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/138/2020 filed on July 10, 2020; through their Lawyer, Friday Nwosu Esq, averred that Ize-Iyamu’s deputy candidate, Mr Audu Ganiyu gave false information to INEC via Affidavit wherein he referred to himself as Audu Abudu Ganiyu.
The applicants went further to state that Ganiyu’s other documents bear different names as follows;
2. INEC Voters Card gave his names as; Audu Abdul Ganiyu.
3. APC membership Card gave his names as; Gani Audu.
4. WAEC/GCE Certificates gave his names as; Audu Ahudu Ganeyu.
The court ordered substituted service on the Defendants, and court processes were pasted in the residence of Ize-Iyamu and Ganiyu in Benin City.
Presiding Judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo adjourned the matter to 24th August, 2020 for further mention.
In swift response to the Court order, the head of APC legal team for Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation and former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Dr Ehigie West Idahosa Esq in a statement said Audu Ganiyu did not forge any document instead of concentrating on how his defence team can reconcile the multifaceted discrepancies in Court.
In a related development, the National Rescue Movement, NRM, in a separate Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/743/2020; filed on August 6, 2020, at the Federal High Court, Abuja claimed that the official letter written to INEC by APC containing the names of the governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his deputy, Mr Audu Ganiyu was signed by the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of APC instead of the National Chairman of APC and its Secretary.
NRM averred that Caretaker Committee Chairman is alien to the Electoral Act as fae as official submission of names of governorship candidate and his deputy were concerned; and urged the Court to declare inter alia that APC did not present governorship candidate to INEC in connection with Edo State governorship election and as a result disqualify Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his deputy, Audu Ganiyu.
The defendants haven evaded service of court processes, the Plaintiff approached the court for an order of substituted service which was granted and suit served on Defendants by pasting processes at APC National Headquarters, No. 40 Blantyre Street, Wise II, Abuja.
Justice Ahmed Mohammad adjourned the matter to August 18, 2020 for further mention.
“The legal battles have commenced and in all of these PDP is not involved. The coalition may also approach the Court at the appropriate time to challenge the candidacy of Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his deputy, Audu Ganiyu.
“One thing is sure, APC did not present any valid winner of the party’s governorship primaries in Edo State to INEC. The facts are glaring and APC national government will not succeed in her attempt to use federal might to pervert the course of justice.
“The coalition have unwavering confidence on the integrity of our Justices and the judiciary.
“The documents forgery and pejury as explained in Ganiyu Audu’s ongoing matter is exactly the same as that of APC governorship candidate and his deputy in Baylesa State, in terms of facts in issue.
“There are valid decided cases handed down by the Court above and Courts below to drive the course of justice in the instant case to a logical conclusion,” the group assured.