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Lagos East Senatorial Bye-Election APC Drags BOG To Court

The Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has dragged the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the December 5, 2020 senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi before a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, for alleged perjury and falsification of certificates. 

Counsels to the party, Mr. Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) of Pinheiro LP and Mr. Kemi Balogun (SAN) of Oluwakemi Balogun LP, filed the suit at the court Monday, asking it to disqualify Gbadamosi from contesting the bye-election. 

The APC filed the suit against Gbadamosi and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and supported the suit with documents to prove its case.

In Suit No: FHC/L/CS/1659/2020, the APC averred that it studied the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate, which Gbadamosi submitted to the INEC in comparison with his certificate obtained from the official website of WAEC and found certain discrepancies.

Meanwhile, Gbadamosi told The Guardian via the telephone Monday that he was yet to receive any court process with regards to the case and therefore could not make any comment. He wondered why the APC would rush to the press with the issue while he is yet to be served any paper.

He appealed to voters in Lagos East to disregard the antics of the ruling party, saying, “APC is jittery. That is the reason it is desperate to disparage me.”

Gbadamosi said he would meet the ruling party in court as soon as he obtains the court process. APC, in its writs of summons, had claimed that it discovered certain discrepancies in Gbadamosi’s certificates, which, according to the party, were indicative of the fact that the WAEC certificate he submitted to INEC might have been falsified.

The party further claimed that some of the discrepancies observed in Gbadamosi’s certificate include the number of subjects he allegedly sat for in the exam “being different from the number of subjects he sat for as contained on the website of WAEC. Also, the grades he claims to have received via the certificate are different from those contained on the official website of WAEC.”

The party revealed that in the WAEC certificate, which Gbadamosi submitted to the INEC, the PDP candidate only sat for five subjects: English Language with A3 grade, Literature in English C5; History C5; Commerce C4 and Biology P7.

“However, details of Gbadamosi’s result obtained from WAEC’s official website revealed that the PDP candidate sat for eight subjects in which he had F9 in Bible Knowledge; F9 in Economics; F9 in Mathematics; A3 English Language; C5 in Literature in English; C5 in History; C4 in Commerce and P7 Biology.”

The APC alleged that the PDP candidate filled Form EC9, stating that he attended the Lagos State University after obtaining his WAEC certificate in 1985. But the party argued that the claim was suspicious because he did not meet requirements for admission into the university.

On these grounds, the APC asked the court to disqualify the PDP and Gbadamosi from contesting the forthcoming senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, which the INEC had rescheduled to hold on December 5.

Apart from asking the court to disqualify the PDP candidate, APC also prayed that the court disqualifies Gbadamosi from contesting future elections in view of the falsified certificate he presented to the INEC

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