Court dismisses birth certificate forgery suit against Wike

Nyesom Wike

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking to disqualify Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State from participating in the 2019 governorship elections.

The governor was dragged to court by one Elvis Chinda on accusations that he forged his birth certificate to gain admittance into Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) register as a governorship candidate.

The plaintiff prayed the court to disqualify Mr Wike from contesting the governorship election in Rivers.

However, Justice Inyang Ekwo ruled on Friday that the request came outside of the stipulated time.

The court agreed with Wike’s lawyers, who viewed that the request did not conform to demands of section 285 (9) of the 1999 Constitution.

Mr Ekwo said the documents presented in court were doubtful, as nothing was brought to show that they were legitimately obtained from INEC.