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Edo PDP Drags APC Senatorial Candidate To Court For Alleged Perjury

BENIN – EDO State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dragged Mr. Patrick Obahiagbon, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial candidate for Edo South, to the Federal High Court sitting in Benin, praying it to disqualify him from contesting the February 2019 election for alleged perjury.

The defendants in the suit No. FHC/B/CS/5/19 brought before the court and dated January 23, 2019, are Mr. Obahiagbon as 1st defendant and the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) as second defendant.

In the suit filed by counsel to the party, Mr. J.E Ibiomgbo, the plaintiff wants a declaration by the court that “the 1st defendant is disqualified from contesting the Edo South Senatorial election scheduled for February 16, 2019 on the ground that the 1st defendant has supplied false information on oath regarding 1st defendant’s age to the 2nd defendant’s in 1st defendant’s INEC Form CF001 at Part B, paragraph A thereof by virtue of the provisions of Section 31(6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 as (amended).”

The plaintiff also wants an order by the court “disqualifying the 1st defendant from contesting the Edo South Senatorial scheduled for February 16, 2019 on the ground that the 1st defendant has supplied false information on oath to the 2nd defendant pursuant to the provisions of Section 31(6) of the Electoral Act 2010  (as amended)”.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the case.

However, a statement by the Edo State PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, in Benin on Wednesday on the issue said, “We are relying on two sets of sworn affidavits of support of personal particulars which Mr. Obahiagbon submitted to INEC in 2007, with his date of birth as 12th April, 1960 and in 2018 where his date of birth is 12th April, 1964.

”In the sworn affidavit specifying the educational institutions that he attended with dates for the 2007 election, Mr. Obahiagbon also claimed to have left primary school the year he was born as he said he attended Our Lady of Lords Nursery School, Sapele from 1964 (the year he claimed as his date of birth in 2018) and graduated in 1970.

“In addition, based on the same 2007 documents, we noticed also that Mr. Obahiagbon paraded a purported NYSC certificate of National Service Number NYSC/OD/LAW/88/56766 to show that he completed the service year from 18th September 1988 to 17th September 1989, which was issued in September 1989. The NYSC certificate is however absent in his 2018 documents to INEC.

“Why has he refused to submit this NYSC certificate in 2018”?

He noted that Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, the serving Minister of Communications from Oyo State was  disqualified from contesting for the office of governor of the State because he did not partake in the mandatory NYSC programme by his party, the APC.

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