The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for the prosecution of Mr Sabo Garba, a Yobe House of Representative member whose election was nullified by a tribunal for lack of educational qualification.
The party who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday said that Garba should be prosecuted for perjury and forgery.
NAN recalled that the Legislative Election Petitions Tribunal for Yobe on Tuesday in Abuja nullified the election of Garba for not having the requisite educational qualification to contest the Nagere/Potiskum federal constituency’s poll into the House of Representatives.
The Tribunal had returned Mr Ali Yakubu of the APC as the rightful winner of the election and ordered INEC to issue him with the certificate of return.
Yakubu, who spoke on behalf of his party on Thursday, said that the sacked lawmaker lied on oath when he filled INEC Form with sworn affidavit.
He said that Garba claimed he attended schools that he never went to and also forged certificates of those schools.
“His affidavit in support of Personal Particulars INEC forms CF 001 stated that he attended Teachers College Bama, Borno State, from 1979 to 1984, but there is no record from the school and National Teachers Institute, of his having attended such institution.
“He also claimed in the affidavit that he attended Central Primary School Potiskum, from 1974 to 1979, but there is no record from the school that he attended such institution”, he said.
Yakubu said they tabled overwhelming evidence before the tribunal on the offences which led to the nullification of the purported election of Garba, who was not qualified ab-initio to contest the election.
He said the prosecution of Garba would serve as deterrent to others.
Yakubu thanked the judiciary for giving him justice and expressed his confidence in the sector.
“I am very happy and confident because the forces that fought me in this case have been defeated and this case has proven beyond reasonable doubt that actually the judiciary is the hope of the common man”, he said. (NAN)