Court sacks Adamawa Rep-elect over multiple forgeries

414, Abdulrauf Abdulkadir Moddibbo

Newly-elected federal lawmaker, Abdulrauf Abdulkadir Moddibbo, has had his victory at the poll overturned following his conviction for multiple forgeries by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday.

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Moddibo, who won election into the green chamber on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, to represent Yola South, Yola North, and Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State was dragged to court by  Mustapha Usman, his closest rival in the party primary in October 7, 2018 on the grounds of age and educational certificate falsifications.

Usman through his lawyer proved his allegations against the federal lawmaker beyond doubt culminating in Justice Inyang Ekwo delivering judgement in his favour.

Ekwo in his verdict, ordered APC and the Independent Electoral Commission to recognise Usman as the winner of the election, saying: “No law, not even the 1999 Constitution, envisages that a person can be serving member of the House of Representatives and at the same time a serving corps member. Even if the penalty is extension of service for a period of three months as stated in the 9th paragraph, Section 4 of the NYSC Act, a person who is a law breaker cannot be allowed to also be lawmaker. Therefore, no person must be allowed to benefit from his illegal activity.”

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