Kano-Kano Election Tribunal Nullifies Idris Dankawu’s Victory Over Forged Certificate Scandal
In a groundbreaking verdict today, the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Kano State has nullified the election victory of Idris Dankawu, the representative of the Kumbotso Federal Constituency, over allegations of forging his West African School Certificate.
The tribunal’s ruling affirmed that Dankawu, who ran as the candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), had indeed submitted a forged West African School Certificate in his bid for the House of Representatives seat.
The petition against Dankawu was filed by Munir Danagudi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had accused Dankawu of falsifying his Secondary School Certificate to secure admission into Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Kaduna.
In a verdict delivered by Justice I.P Chima, the tribunal concluded that Dankawu had indeed forged his WAEC certificate, rendering his election null and void. As a result, the tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return previously presented to Dankawu and declared Munir Danagudi as the legitimate winner of the Kumbotso Federal Constituency election, which took place on February 25, 2023.
“Having satisfied with the provision of the law, we hereby declare and return Munir Babba Danagudi as the winner of the Kumbotso Federal House Representatives election. All parties to bear own cost,” declared Justice Chima.
This landmark decision by the Election Petition Tribunal serves as a clear indication of the Nigerian justice system’s commitment to upholding the integrity of electoral processes and ensuring that only qualified candidates hold public office. The implications of this ruling are significant, and it is expected to spark discussions and reactions across the political landscape.
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