Electoral Fraud: Senator Faces Sack Over Fake Certificates


The Abuja Federal High Court has been urged to sack Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe, representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, on allegation of fraud; submitting fake certificates to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for election.

Senator Adokwe assumed office in December 2015, after he successfully challenged the election of Mr. Salihu Hussaini Egyegbola, an Architect from the All Progressive Congress (APC), who was initially declared winner of the senatorial election by INEC. A decision which Adokwe contested at the election tribunal.

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According to The Nation, he lost at the tribunal, but succeeded at the Court of Appeal, which in a December 10, 2015, judgment voided Egyegbola’s election and ordered INEC to return Adokwe as winner of the election for the Nasarawa South Senatorial District.

The suit which accused Senator Adokwe was file by the plaintiff, Mohammed Abubakar Ozegya, through his lawyer, Mathew Burkaa, at the Federal High Court, Abuja. It stated in a supporting affidavit, that in a Form CF001, Senator Adokwe presented certificates bearing other people’s name.

The CF001 is an affidavit in support of personal particulars of person seeking election to the office or membership of the Senate.

Ozegya, who claimed to be an indigene of Nasarawa State, said he discovered in the form deposed to him on December 16, 2014 at the High Court of Justice, Lafia, Nasarawa State, that the 1st defendant (Adokwe) “submitted the WAEC certificate of one Adokwe Solomon and primary school certificate of Sule Adokwai, purporting same to be his.

“It is a notorious fact in the Nasarawa South Senatorial District that the 1st defendant is,  the certificate of one Adokwe Solomon and Sule Adokwai presented by the 1st defendant are certainly not his certificates.

“It is even more surprising that the 2nd defendant allowed the 1st defendant to use the WAEC and primary School certificates of an unknown third party to contest election in the first place. By presenting the WAEC certificate of one Adokwe Solomon and Sule Adokwai in his Form CF001, the 1st defendant is not fit to continue to occupy the seat in the national Assembly,” the plaintiff.

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