Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Court has made New Decision On Suit Against Bola Tinubu. 

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday asked the Action Alliance Party (AAP) to present its witnesses in court on October 12 to establish a certificate forgery suit brought against the All Progressives Congress (APC), Presidential candidate, .

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The Action Alliance Party is suing to have Bola Tinubu disqualified from the 2023 election due to alleged certificate forgery.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu issued the order on Thursday, setting a new date of October 12 to allow parties in the suit to file their processes and exchange them as required by law before the adjourned date.

Tinubu, the main defendant in the alleged certificate forgery suit, has hired a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr , to help him strengthen his defence.

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Mr , counsel to Action Alliance Party, which instituted the suit, informed the court on Thursday that he had just received a notice of preliminary objection from Tinubu, asking the court not to entertain the case against him on various grounds.

Tinubu claimed, among other things, that the foundation for the certificate forgery suit against him was rooted in the 1999 electoral forms he submitted to the then-election body.

He also claimed that the report of the Lagos State House of Assembly, which investigated him on the alleged certificate forgery, is the main foundation of the new suit and is thus statute barred.

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However, Action Alliance counsel, Ukairo, informed the court that the former Lagos State Governor’s claims, particularly the statute barred position, would be adequately addressed in the subsequent proceedings.

Ukairo told the Judge that Tinubu’s claims, which had been made orally by his counsel, needed to be made formally and served on him in order for him to respond appropriately.

While the first defendant in the suit, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, sought time to respond to the suit, the APC was not represented in court despite proof of service of the suit on it.

As a result, the Judge adjourned the case until October 2 to allow parties to prepare their homes for a proper hearing of the alleged certificate forgery suit.

On June 21, the Action Alliance (AA) petitioned the court to prevent the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from including the All Progressives Congress (APC) name on the ballot for the 2023 presidential election.

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The party claimed in the Writ of Summon marked FHC/ABJ/CS/954/2022 that both the APC and its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, are ineligible to run in the 2023 presidential election due to alleged forgery committed by Tinubu in 1999.

The plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr Upkai Ukairo, filed the suit on its behalf, alleging that Tinubu forged his university of Chicago certificate, which he submitted in 1999 to help him qualify for the 1999 governorship election in Lagos State, which Tinubu won.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, the All Progressives Congress, and Senator Bola Tinubu are named as the first, second, and third defendants in the suit, which was filed on June 21.

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