Ex-Rep sues suc­ces­sor over cer­tifi­cate forgery

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hir Joseph, Jos

A former House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­ber, Dr. Haruna Kigbu, has filed a suit at the Fed­eral High Court sit­ting in Jos, Plateau State, al­leg­ing that his suc­ces­sor Rep. Abubakar Sarki Dahiru forged his aca­demic records which he used to se­cure em­ploy­ments as well as the ticket to run for the last elec­tion.

Kigbu, who rep­re­sented Lafia/Obi Fed­eral Con­stituency of Nasarawa State be­tween 2011 and 2015, sought re­elec­tion on the plat­form of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), but was de­feated by Dahiru of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

Both politi­cians are await­ing judg­ment at the Na­tional and State As­sem­blies Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal sit­ting in Lafia where Kigbu is chal­leng­ing the elec­tion of his suc­ces­sor.

But while the tri­bunal was about to wind up, Kigbu ran to the Jos Fed­eral High Court, where he is seek­ing the court to nul­lify the “A” Level cer­tifi­cates of his suc­ces­sor on the ground that Dahiru al­legedly forged his sec­ondary school cer­tifi­cate to se­cure sub­se­quent ad­mis­sions to fur­ther his ed­u­ca­tion.

Kigbu is al­leg­ing that his suc­ces­sor lacked the “ba­sic re­quire­ments” to have se­cured ad­mis­sion into the Fed­eral Polytech­nic Kaduna to study for a Na­tional Diploma (ND) in Ac­count­ing, in a case filed by his lawyer, Bar­ris­ter D. N. Dashe.

In suit No FHC/J/05/141/2015, the pe­ti­tioner also al­leged that the said polytech­nic, “by its reg­u­la­tions, never ad­mit­ted the first de­fen­dant for a na­tional diploma pro­gramme, hav­ing ob­tained only a pass in Is­lamic Reli­gious Knowl­edge and failed the other seven sub­jects he sat for.”

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