- Orders INEC to issue fresh certificate of return to Saleh
A five-member panel of the Supreme Court of Nigeria has sacked Chris Adaba Abba representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo federal constituency of Benue State at the House of Representatives over engagement in certificate forgery.
Abba was returned unopposed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2015 National Assembly election, having won the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He was however restricted from being inaugurated when his opponent at the PDP primaries and the incumbent member, Hon. Hassan Anthony Saleh instituted a forgery suit against him at the Federal High Court, Abuja and won.
Saleh was consequently inaugurated into the 8th Assembly while Abba challenged the decision of the trial court at the Abuja Court of Appeal.
The appellate court however, gave judgment in favour of Mr. Abba, thereby setting aside the judgment of the trial court which made Saleh to approach the Supreme Court.
Delivering the judgment on Friday, the apex court said a fresh certificate of return should be given to Saleh by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Justice Sidi Dauda Bage who read the lead judgment said the trial court was able to establish the issue of certificate forgery preferred against Hon. Abba, thereby upholding the ruling of the Abuja Federal High Court of May 22nd 2015.