Court Sacks APC Rep-elect Over Age Falsification



The election of Abdulrauf Modibbo of the All Progressive Congress (APC) into the National Assembly as member representing Yola South/Yola North/Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State has been nullified.

Modibo was sacked by an Abuja division of the Federal High Court which ruled that he falsified his age and was not eligible to contest the APC primaries which produced him as the candidate for the National Assembly polls which he won.

Recall that the emergence of Modibbo as the winner of the APC primaries held on October 7, 2018 in Yola, was contested by his closest contender Mustapha Usman who had alleged that Modibbo falsified his age and was not eligible to contest the APC primaries.

Usman had filed a suit challenging Modibo’s emergence seeking his disqualification as APC candidate for Yola North/Yola South/Girei Federal Constituency.

Usman also joined the APC and INEC as defendants in the suit.

When delivering his judgement on the suit on Friday, Justice Ekwo declared that Modibbo was not qualified to contest the APC primaries as well as the 2019 House of Representatives election for Yola North/Yola South/Girei Federal Constituency.

The court held that the plaintiff (Modibbo) “Is lawfully winner of the October 7, 2018 APC primaries and candidate of the party for Yola North/Yola South/ Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa state.

Justice Ekwo stated that the plaintiff had successfully proven beyond reasonable doubt that the 1st defendant (Modibbo) falsified his age severally in order to contest election.


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