A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, dismissed a certificate forgery suit filed by the Action Alliance (AA) against Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a judgement, held that the suit instituted by AA was statute barred, having not been commenced within the mandatory 14 days provided for under 1999 Constitution (as amended by the Fourth Alteration-Act).
Justice Egwuatu said that the suit had become academic and grossly incompetent, hence, the court lacked the requisite jurisdiction to entertain it or grant the reliefs sought by the plaintiff.
The judge, who said that the plaintiff lacked locus standi to filed the suit, also held that it acted like a busy body, having interfered in the internal affairs of another party.
He consequently dismissed the suit for constituting an abuse of court process.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the AA, in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/954/2022, had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC and Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu as 1st to 3rd defendants respectively.
In a writ of summons dated and filed on June 21 by its lawyer, U.O. Ukairo, AA sought a court declaration that the claim of the 3rd defendant (Tinubu) that he attended Government College, Ibadan and University of Chicago on his INEC FORM CF 001 in 1999 which he presented to the 1st defendant (INEC) was false.
It also sought a declaration that the false information on the APC presidential candidate’s “INEC FORM CF 001 wherein he claims to have been awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics by the University of Chicago is a forged certificate.”
It further sought a declaration that in view of Section 137(1)(j) of the 1999 Constitution, Tinubu, having in 1999 presented a forged certificate to INEC in INEC FORM CF 001 which he submitted as a candidate in the 1999 general elections for the post of the Governor of Lagos State was not qualified to contest for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.