Nigeria: Adamawa - Senator Refutes Certificate Forgery

Yola — Umaru Bindo Jibrilla, the Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial district in the National Assembly, has dismissed an allegation being peddled that he faked school certificates to obtain the Independent National Electoral Commission's clearance to contest the April poll as unfounded, baseless and lacking in truth.

Reacting in Yola through Abdullahi Umar, his spokesperson, the senator submitted before journalists that the claim was a mere rumour fabricated by those he referred to as his "detractors and foes."

Bindo said the certificates in his nomination forms as presented to INEC were authentic and wondered why those he called blackmailers and enemies of progress would go about trying to dent his image just to score "a cheap political goal."

To set the record straight, Umar insisted that his boss only tendered a post primary school certificate obtained from GSS Miangho (1983), a certificate in Business Studies from City College of Higher Education, London (1985), and a Diploma in Business Studies in the same institution in June, 1986.

The senator has been entangled in a web of hullabaloo prior to the PDP primaries and the senatorial election in the Adamawa State over claims that he faked certificates in his INEC nomination forms, purporting to have graduated from Caltech Institute of Technology, United Kingdom, and that his secondary school certificate was also forged.

At present, the result as announced by INEC that declared Bindo as senator is being challenged at the Election Petition Tribunal by his closest contestant, former Governor Boni Haruna of the Action Congress of Nigeria on the basis that there was massive electoral hoax perpetrated by the senator and his supporters.

It could be recalled that the senator recently had his younger brother, Idrissu Jibrilla, sentenced to three years imprisonment with an option of N60,000 fine by a Yola Chief Magistrate Court ll for committing electoral offences during the April 2011 Senatorial election in the state.

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