Court Dismisses Certificate Case Against Kwara Gov Abdulrahman
Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday dismissed the certificate forgery case filed against Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq after the claimant insisted he was withdrawing the case.
Justice Adenike Akinpelu struck out the case after Adekunle Oluwafemi Abraham, a member of the PDP who had filed the case, told the court he had indeed presented a notice of withdrawal of the matter.
Justice Akinpelu said the withdrawal meant that the efforts of one Olusola Olaseinde who wanted to join the suit were inconsequential since the original case has been withdrawn.
AbdulRazaq had repeatedly said the case was politically motivated and meant to stop him from contesting the March 9 governorship poll, adding that the claimant was acting out a script from his political adversary.
The Governor had won several court cases filed by a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by one Ishola Balogun-Fulani, an ally of the former Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Balogun-Fulani had filed a suit challenging the candidature of AbdulRazaq. But the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court dismissed the case, affirming that the Governor was rightly nominated by the APC National Working Committee led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Following the dismissal of Balogun-Fulani’d case, a member of the Saraki-led PDP, filed a case alleging that AbdulRazaq did not have the requisite qualifications to run for the office of Governor.
Certificate case dismissal: It’s time to build Kwara for all, says AbdulRazaq
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday said he is committed to build a state that works for everyone, irrespective of political differences.
The governor was reacting to the dismissal of the alleged certificate forgery case by the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin, the state capital.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye, the Governor said the withdrawal and eventual dismissal of the case came as no surprise.
“We weren’t in the least disturbed by the case because it is clear to everyone on the street that it was baseless,” the statement quoted the Governor as saying.
“Now that the case has died a natural death, we again extend our hand of friendship to every Kwaran to join the efforts of Governor to build a Kwara that works for all. It is time to work to restore the glory of our dear state.
“As everyone can see, things hitherto considered impossible are now happening. Water is running. Roads are being fixed and the Governor is giving hope to every segment of the state that a new Kwara is possible!
“Finally, we thank the good people of Kwara State for the solidarity and love they continue to show for the Governor and the new government.”