The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed September 7 to hear a suit seeking the disqualification of the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu from contesting the 2023 elections for allegedly presenting a forged certificate.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed fixed the hearing, after granting an ex-parte order for substituted service on Tinubu who had allegedly invaded personal service of court processes.
The Plaintiffs, who are four chieftains of the APC are asking the court to grant an order to disqualify Tinubu from contesting or participating in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election as a candidate of APC on the grounds of the information he supplied to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the presidential candidate of the party.
Counsel to the Plaintiff, Goddy Uche, told the court that substituted service has become necessary because all attempts to serve the presidential candidate have proved abortive as he cannot be reached.
In a brief ruling, the Vacation Judge, Justice Mohammed ordered that the Court process should be served on the National Secretariat of APC and that such service shall be deemed as having been properly served on Bola Tinubu.
He further adjourned the case to September 7, for a hearing.
In a 33-paragraph affidavit in support of the suit deposed to by Ibiang Miko Ibiang the plaintiffs averred that Tinubu falsely swore to an affidavit in 1999 in which he claimed to have attended St. Paul Aroloya Children Home School, Ibadan -1958-64 and Government College, Ibadan -1965-68 and presented same to INEC.
That the deposition had turned out to be false and that in order to conceal the falsity of the information he submitted to INEC, he had omitted to provide any information whatsoever relating to his primary and Secondary schools in his INEC form for the 2023 election