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Court Gives AAP Fresh Order

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC's presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections

A Federal High Court in Abuja has asked the Action Alliance Party (AAP) to present its witnesses in court on October 12 in the forgery suit against the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In the suit, the AAP is seeking the disqualification of the APC flag bearer on the grounds of alleged certificate forgery.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu issued the order on Thursday when he fixed October 12 as a new date to enable parties in the suit complete filing of their processes and exchange same as required by law before the adjourned date.

Tinubu, who is being represented by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Babatunde Ogala, claimed that the foundation for the certificate forgery suit against him was rooted in the 1999 electoral forms he submitted to the then electoral body.

He also claimed that  the report of the Lagos State House of Assembly which probed him on the alleged certificate forgery is the main foundation of the fresh suit and hence, has become statute barred.

However, counsel to the Action Alliance, Ukairo told the court that the claims of the former Lagos State Governor especially on the statute barred position would be adequately addressed in the subsequent hearing.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which is the 1st defendant in the suit asked the court to grant them ample time to respond to the suit.

The Judge accordingly adjourned the matter till October 12 for parties to put their houses in order for proper hearing of the certificate forgery suit.

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