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Bye-election: Court orders prosecution of PDP candidate

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu to prosecute the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the just concluded bye-election in Lagos East, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi for alleged forgery and perjury.

The presiding judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke gave the order following a motion filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos State, asking the court to compel the IG to investigate and prosecute Gbadamosi.

Before the order was granted, counsel to the APC, Mr. Olukayode Enitan, SAN, told the court that he had filled motion exparte, affidavit in support, statement in support, verifying affidavit and written address as part of conditions to grant his application.

The party had justified its claims on the ground that the PDP candidate had committed several offences bothering on forgery, fraud and perjury, for which the IG ought to investigate and prosecute him.

After listening to the argument of the counsel, the presiding judge agreed with learned Silk and consequently granted the application.

The court adjourned hearing of the originating summons for Mandamus till January 28.

Wahab Akinlade

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