For forging OND certificate, court nullifies Benue PDP Rep-elect’s certificate of return, orders his prosecution


The court ordered INEC to nullify the certificate of return issued to Christian Abah for the Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives of the forthcoming 8th National Assembly. Abah forged an OND certificate in

Accountancy purportedly obtained from the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, in 1985.

The Registrar of the polytechnic affirmed that the certificate presented by Abah to INEC was forged and an Election Petition Tribunal confirmed it on September 6, 2011. The court declared all the votes that accrued to him in the PDP’s primary held on December 6, 2014, as wasted and also declared Saleh, who came second as the winner of the primary and ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Saleh. A N450K fine was imposed on the 3 defendants – the PDP, INEC and Abah in favour of Saleh.


The judge berated both the INEC and PDP for promoting “the culture of impunity” by their failure to disqualify him from participating in the election in view of the court judgement that had since 2011 affirmed that he presented a forged certificate. He ordered the Inspector-General of Police to immediately commence prosecution of Abah for forgery and perjury….. his children say they don’t even kno how to tell their friends dt their father forged an OND cert wen his mates r forging Phd certs. They r now considering a surname change b4 d news hits d internet…….

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