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Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kwara State has been accused of forging his WAEC certificate. A member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state instituted the complaint with the State’s High court. The court has given him 30 days to respond to the allegation.

The APC’s flagbearer in tomorrow’s Governorship election in Taraba, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi has been cleared to contest the election. A Federal High court had earlier in the week disqualified him from participating in the polls for falsifying his age. But, yesterday the Court of Appeal division in Yola, Adamawa state, granted a stay of execution on the lower courts judgment, clearing the way for the APC candidate to be on the ballot.

Meanwhile, Mr. Abba M. Yusuf, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Kano State, is back on the ballot. Four days after he was barred from contesting by a Federal High court, Mr. Yusuf has been put back in the contest by a Court of Appeal judgment. The Court of Appeal sitting Kaduna has ordered a stay of execution on the high court’s ruling and also restrained INEC from removing his name for tomorrow’s polls.

A High Court in the FCT has dismissed a suit seeking to disqualify Mr. Dapo Abiodun, the governorship candidate of the APC in Osun State from contesting in tomorrow’s election on grounds that his educational credentials are falsified.

Enugu State chapter of the APC had its own share of judicial pronouncement yesterday when the Court of Appeal affirmed Ayogu Eze as the flagbearer of the party for tomorrow’s governorship election in the state. This late judgment has not dampened the spirit of Mr. Eze as he boasts of victory tomorrow.

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu: ‘The commission will not tolerate the act of holding our official’s hostage and forcing them to declare winners under duress. Where such occurs, the commission will not reward bad behavior by issuing them Certificates of Return.’

In Yola, a federal high court has ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return it issued to a Rep-elect of the APC. The court ruled that the primary election that produced him was inconclusive. The PDP candidate who came second in last week’s polls has been declared the winner.

A magistrate court in Port- Harcourt has ordered the arrest of Mr. Nsima Ekere, the APC’s governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom.


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