By Jacob Ndifreke – Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, January 17, 2020.
A Nigerian lawmaker has lost his seat in the Nigerian Upper Chamber (Senate) after a High Court sitting in Abuja, the administrative Headquarter of Nigeria found him guilty of forging a National Examination Council Certificate (NECO) to contest in the 2019 general elections.
Senator Ifeanyi Ubah who hails from Anambra State in the South Eastern Region of Nigeria had contested and won the election to represent the people of Anambra South Senatorial District under a Nigerian political party called Young Peoples Party (YPP).
In a judgment delivered on Friday, January 17, 2020, the court presided by Justice Bello Kawu ordered the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Senator Ubah and issue a fresh Certificate of Return to his closest rival, Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The same High Court sitting in the administrative Headquarter of the country had on Friday, January 17, rejected his appeal to set aside the earlier judgment on the nullification of his election victory on the grounds that the judgment given was an unfair judgment against him.
The sacked Senator lamented that he was neither served with court notice or hearing with regard to the suit before the court began proceeding of the judgment.
Senator Ubah is a Nigerian businessman, entrepreneur, CEO of Capital Oil and owner of Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club, a Nigerian football club in the Nigeria Premier League.