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2023: Finally Court Sacks APC Candidate Over Name Falsification

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has fired Aminu Kanta, the House of Representatives candidate for Jigawa State’s Babura/Garki Federal Constituency in the 2023 general elections.

Kanta, who had been declared the winner of the state’s primary election, was fired by Justice Emeka Nwite for submitting a false name.

Aminu Kanta, the House of Representatives candidate for Jigawa State’s Babura/Garki Federal Constituency in the 2023 general elections, has been fired by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Kanta, who had been declared the winner of the state primary election, was fired by Justice Emeka Nwite for submitting a false name.

As a result, the court declared Alhaji Isa Dogonyaro to be the legitimate candidate for the APC House of Representatives primary.

Kanta previously claimed his name was Ahmed Mohammed, which Dogonyaro challenged in court, claiming Kanta contested the primary election under a false name.

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The plaintiff had approached the court, through his Counsel, Sunusi Musa Esq., to decide whether or not by the combined provisions of Section 66(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) (1999 Constitution) and Section 29(5) and (6) of the Electoral Act 2022, a candidate who has given false information in relation to his Constitutional requirements to contest an election is liable to be disqualified from contesting the said election.

He also prayed the court to decide whether or not by the combined provisions of section 66(1)(i) of the 1999 Constitution and section 29(5) and (6) of the Electoral Act 2022, the 3rd Respondent has given false information in relation to his name, when he claimed that his name is Aminu Kanta and that Ahmed Mohammed is his former name, in the Affidavit in Suppor of Personal Particulars submitted to the 1st Respondent as the candidate of the 2nd Respondent for the seat of Member of the House of Representatives, representing Babura/Garki Federal Constituency in the 2023 General Elections.

He also asked the court to rule on whether, under the combined provisions of section 66(1)(i) of the 1999 Constitution and sections 29(5) and (6) of the Electoral Act 2022, the 3rd Respondent provided false information about his name in the Affidavit in Support of Personal Particulars submitted to the 1st Respondent as the 2nd Respondent’s candidate for the seat of M.

In his judgement, Justice Nwite declared that Aminu Kanta gave false information in relation to his name, when he claimed that Ahmed Mohammed was his former name in the affidavit in support of personal particulars submitted to the 1st Respondent (INEC) as the candidate of the 2nd Respondent (APC) for the seat of Member of the House of Representatives.

Nwite said, “That an order of this Honourable Court is hereby made, disqualifying the 3rd Respondent (Aminu Kanta) from contesting for the seat of Member of the House. of Representatives, representing Babura/Gorki Federal Constituency in the 2023 General Elections, as a candidate of the 2nd Respondent.

“That an order of this Honourable Court is hereby made declaring the Plaintiff the candidate of the 2nd Respondent for Babura/Garki Federal Constituency in the 2023 General Elections; the Plaintiff having scored the second highest number of votes at the Primary Election conducted by the 2nd Respondent for the seat of Member of the House of Representatives, representing Babura/Gorki Federal Constituency.

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“That an order of this Honourable Court is hereby made directing the 1st Respondent to substitute the name of the 3rd Respondent with the name of the Plaintiff as the candidate of the 2nd Respondent for Babura/Garki Federal Constituency in the 2023 General Elections; the Plaintiff having scored the second highest number of votes at the Primary Election conducted by the 2nd Respondent for the seat of Member of the House of Representatives, representing Babura/Garki Federal Constituency.

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