Imo By-Election: Court Disqualifies APC Candidate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Imo North Senatorial by-election, Chukwuma Francis Ibezim, has been disqualified by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

 

Naija News reports that Justice Inyang Ekwo disqualified Ibezim in a judgement on Friday on a suit marked:FHC/ABJ/CS/1229/2020 filed by Asomugha Tony Elebeke, with Ibezim, APC and INEC as defendants.

 

Ekwo stated that the APC candidate was disqualified Ibezim from contesting the election on the grounds that he made false statements/declarations in the affidavit and documents he submitted to the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), wherein he presented falsified and uncertified photocopies of West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate.

 

The judge found that the WASC certificate Ibezim submitted ”bears two different and irreconcilable names – Ibezim Chukwuma Frank and Ibezim Francis Chukwuma.”

 

The judge ordered INEC to remove his name from the list of candidates for the by-election.

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