Godwin Tsa, Abuja.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court will on March 8, 2019, deliver judgment on the suit seeking to disqualify Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State from contesting 2019 governorship election.
The suit which was filed last year by a Rivers State indigene, Elvis Chinda, is seeking the court’s interpretation of certain provisions of the Electoral Act which deal with the presentation of a forged document to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by an aspirant seeking clearance to contest an election.
The judge fixed the date for judgement after the plaintiff’s counsel, Achinike William- Wobodo, INEC lawyer, Wale Ajayi, and Governor Wike and PDP lawyer, Ferdinand Orbih, adopted their addresses and adumbrated on their respective positions on the matter.
While adopting the plaintiff’s written address, William-Wobodo urged the court to determine whether the Certificate of Birth (Statutory Declaration of Age) attached to Gov Wike Form C.F.001 presented to INEC, purportedly deposed to on the 3rd October 1986 by one Collins Nyeme Wike from Obio / Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State was forged.
He urged the court grant the reliefs sought because “a document that lied against itself is forged”
The counsel said that as at 1986 Obio/Okoor Local Government Area of Rivers State was not in existence because the local government in question was created in 1989 by Decree No 12 of 1989, two years after the alleged forgery was committed.
He further told the court that Wike had maintained consistency of the forged document by presenting same to the election commission since 1989.