Edo People Democratic Party wants Hon Patrick Obahiagbon disqualified from contesting Edo South Senatorial seat
The state publicity secretary of the People Democratic Party Chris Nehikhare addressing news men in Benin City today 29the January, 2019 said it became pertinent that the party address press because of the numerous phone calls asking if they file a suit again Hon Patrick Obahiagbon the candidate of All Progresive Congress contesting the Senatorial seat of Edo South over false age declaration.
At this juncture, I wish to confirm that the Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Federal High Court in Benin City to disqualify Mr Patrick Obahiagbon, who is the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, from contesting the Edo south senatorial election scheduled for 16th February 2019.
The party’s prayer is contained in suit No. FHC/B/CS/5/19, brought before the court and dated 23rd January 2019, with Mr Obahiagbon and the Independent National Election Commission, INEC, as 1st and 2nd defendants.
Our grounds for asking the court to disqualify Mr Patrick Obahiagbon is that he supplied false information on oath to INEC.
We are relying on two sets of sworn affidavits of support of personal particulars which Mr Obahiagbon submitted to INEC in 2007, with his date of birth as 12th April 1960 and in 2018 where his date of birth is 12th April 1964.
In the Sworn affidavit specifying the Educational institutions that he attended with dates for the 2007 election, Mr. Obahiagbon also claimed to have left primary school the year he was born as he said he attended Our Lady of Lords Nursery School, Sapele from 1964 (the year he claimed as his date of birth in 2018) and graduated in 1970.
In addition, based on the same 2007 documents, we noticed also that Mr Obahiagbon paraded a purported NYSC certificate of National Service Number NYSC/OD/LAW/88/56766 to show that he completed the service year from 18th September 1988 to 17th September 1989, which was issued in September 1989. The NYSC certificate is however absent in his 2018 documents to INEC.
Why has he refused to submit this NYSC certificate in 2018?
Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu is the serving minister of Communications from Oyo State, Nigeria. His party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who incidentally is Mr. Obahiagbon’s Chairman, disqualified him from contesting for the office of governor of Oyo State because he did not partake in the mandatory NYSC program.
According to the constitution, it is a criminal offense for a Nigerian who graduated before the age of 30 not to participate in the NYSC program.
Corruption is not only when one steals. Aiding, abetting and covering up a crime is the worst type of corruption!
We call on all Nigerians to be vigilant.
Signed:Chris Osa Nehikhare (SPS PDP EDO STATE)