By: Valentine Adese (JP),
The Federal High Court, (FHC) Jos Division has dismissed a Pre-election suit filed by Hon. Joseph Bukar, challenging the Certificate submitted to INEC by the House of Representatives’ Member-elect, Hon. Koomsul Alphonsus, alleging forgery.
You would recall that Hon. Koomsul had defeated, Hon. Joseph Bukar, during the All Progressives Congress (APC), primary election for the Shandam Mikang/Quan’pan Federal Constituency before the 2019 general elections.
The presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Dorcas V. Agashi, in the Court’s Judgment delivered today has dismissed the suit for lack of merit.
Reacting to the judgment, while fielding answers to questions from Journalists, at the premises of the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal in Jos, Hon. Komsul had described the judgment, “as a victory for the common man and his Constituency”.
Adding that, “The Certificate was given to me by the School. The meaning of forgery is where I go and fabricate it and the Institution comes to deny it”.
According to him, “The school has not denied issuing me the certificate hence, the judgment of the court has done justice!”
You would recall that from the face of the suit, Hon, Joseph Bukar, had described the Certificate of T/Roman Catholic Mission Primary School Kalong, which Mr. Koomsol claimed to have been issued to him in 2012 by the school authorities, as Forged.
He had also discredited the alleged signatory, being one Mr. Fidelis K. Longsaar, as not authentic, as he alleges in his statement on Oath before the Federal High Court (FHC) that Mr. Fidelis was only posted to the LGC in the year 2013 and no 2012.
He also alleged that the claim of Mr. Koomsol that he was issued the Certificate in 2018 was also contradictory, as he seeks the Court’s efforts to compare the certificates issued in 1978 from T/Roman Catholic Mission Primary School Kalong, and that submitted to INEC by Mr. Koomsol.
You would recall that Hon. Joseph, who had approached the FHC by way of an Originating Summons for the Court to determine, whether Exhibits JB6 (Certificate of Primary Education) presented to the 3rd Defendant (INEC) by the 1st Defendant is not a Forged Certificate and if it is, whether it is not contrary to section 66(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) hence the 1st Defendant is not qualified to contest the election into the office of House of Representatives for Shendam/Mikang/Quaanpan Federal Constituency of Plateau State and whether the Plaintiff who polled the 2nd highest number of the votes cast at the Primary election of the 2nd Defendant to the office of Member, House of Representatives for Shendam/Mikang/Quaanpan Federal Constituency of Plateau State is not the one to contest the said election on the platform of the 2nd Defendant.
Although Mr. Koomsol in his Counter Affidavit to the suit had denied all the allegations raised in the now tagged #Joseph Bukar’s Suit, pundits have however, opined that the mere filing of the suit had also given a leeway to the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Hon. Johnbull Shakarau, who contested for the Constituency seat in the 2019 general election, to also challenge the victory and qualification of Koomsol on similar ground at the National and State Houses of Assembly Tribunal sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital.