Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court Yola, says he could not continue with the case of alleged certificate forgery, assigned to heard against Gov. Mohammed Bindow for personal reasons.
Anka, gave the excused Wednesday, adding that, he would return the case to the chief judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja to reassign it.
He said after hearing from the counsels and reviewing what had become apparent, he was uncomfortable about continuing with the case.
According to him, the case was first filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja in September last year by a rights group, Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN).
The group which claimed in its originating summons that, Gov Bindow did not complete his secondary education at the GSS, Miango, in Plateau state.
The certificate in question, the group asked the court to determine the qualification or otherwise of Bindow for re-election as governor.
The case was first heard in the Abuja division of the Federal High Court in October last year by Justice B.O.Quadiri who granted the plaintiff’s plea for accelerated hearing, but the case was subsequently transferred to Yola where the first respondent resides.
Chief Chris Uche (SAN), counsel to Bindow told newsmen that his client was ready to follow the case to anywhere it may be taken.
“We are ready for the hearing in the case to continue, but the judge recused himself from the case and it is being sent back to Abuja. Wherever they take us, we will go”.
He added however that the case lacked merit and had no chance of going far..
Edward Omaga, counsel to GICN, said the Global Intergriry Crusade Network is an advocacy group registered by Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to carry out its functions for or against persons and organisations.
Omaga argued that, the case against Gov Bindow did not lack merits. added