By Oluwatosin Maliki
The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Kano State has sacked Idris Dankawu of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, for forging his West African School Certificate (WAEC), which he submitted for election into the Kumbotso Federal Consistency of Kano State.
Munir Babba Danagudi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who contested against Dankawu had filed a petition, alleging that Dankawu presented a fraudulent secondary school certificate to gain admission into Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Kaduna.
Idris had won the Kumbotso Federal House of Representatives Constituency election conducted on February 25.
Following the petition, Justice I.P. Chima, who delivered judgement on the petition, declared that “Idris Dankawu of the NNPP has forged his WAEC certificate,” and as a consequence, the election is voided.
The tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to set aside the certificate of return previously awarded to Dankawu, saying Danagudi is the winner of the election.
Justice China emphasized the tribunal’s adherence to the law stating, “Having satisfied with the provision of the law, we hereby declare and return Munir Babba Danagudi as the winner of the Kumbotso Federal House of Representatives election,” the judge ruled.