Keyamo petitions APC over former Speaker, Masari’s alleged forged certificate

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

A Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has petitioned the All Progressives Congress, APC, over claims that its gubernatorial candidate in Katsina State presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Aminu Masari, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, emerged the APC gubernatorial candidate in Katsina two weeks ago, polling about 50 percent of total votes cast to defeat three other aspirants.

As speaker between 2003 and 2007, Mr. Masari was a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.

In his petition dated December 17, Mr. Keyamo said that if the APC went ahead to field the former Speaker in the 2015 general elections, those claims could earn him a disqualification from INEC, or if he won, a removal from the governorship seat.

“Kindly note, that in the year 2011, the subject of this petition, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari contested for the office of Governor of Katsina State under the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC,” Mr. Keyamo said in the petition. “In filling Form CF-001 (Personal Particulars of Candidate), he alleged that he has a Post-Graduate Diploma. As evidence of this, he attached a Certificate in ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Water Quality Control and Management’ from Middlesex Polytechnic, United Kingdom.”

Mr. Keyamo filed the petition on behalf of five APC members in Katsina State – Ibrahim Yadullah, Kabir Mamman, Aminu Hashirmu, Falalu Sale and Ya’u Sule.

A simple inquiry that was made in the said polytechnic, according to Mr. Keyamo, elicited a response that no such course was offered by the school in the said year.

“Kindly find attached the said response by email. We encourage you to do your own inquiry from the said Institution and draw your own conclusion.

“For the avoidance of doubt, section 182(1)(J) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) states as follows:

‘182 (1) No person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State if
(j) he has presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.’”

Mr. Keyamo called on the APC to either substitute Mr. Masari or conduct fresh primaries in the state.

“We need not emphasize the need for your Party that prides itself on the mantra of “Change” to depart from the tradition of other parties that have fielded questionable characters in the past,” he said.

“The danger of sticking with Aminu Bello Masari as your candidate for Katsina State despite the above facts is all too obvious because we are prepared to proceed to court if you fail to act decisively. We need not say more.”


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  • equitas

    There are a lot of them with fake and forged certificates from overseas, which is why the quality of good governance Nigeria is poorer than the poorest folks and nations on earth; poor administration and backward ideologies in the name of change. SWEEP THEM ALL OUT OF ANY POSITION, THEY ARE ALL VIRUSES!!!

  • Mr. Abdin

    Keyamo please don’t allow politicians to drag you into what you cannot finish.

  • Yusuf

    APC pls verify this claim, if it happen to be true what is the big deal in replacing Masari; I am afraid Festus Keyamo is unlikely to comeup with a lie on such an issue

  • Uturu Mgbagbu

    Middlesex Polytechnic could not have awarded a PGD to Masari in 2011 because it changed to Middlesex University since 1992. It sounds to me like another “University of Chicago” or “Toronto University” to me.

    • Magenta

      Chicago, Toranto now united Kingdom since we know all of them sending them 2 jail is topmost in the new agenda

    • Omo Akin

      No where in the story was it mentioned that the man obtained the certificate in 2011. The only mention of 2011 was that he contested for the governorship election and submitted a post graduate diploma as part of his form. Read the story again.

  • John Ikpe

    APC must lead by example. If the alegation is true he should be replaced. PDP is watching!!

  • sammyctu ode

    But the same INEC cleared him in 2003 and he became speaker. How did that happen?

  • McAlfred Uta

    Where was Masari in 2011?. Is it possible for a legislator to read with all the duties around him as speaker? Truly Keyamo is like Gani Fawehinmi and he will stop at nothing to expose Masari. Come to think of it, Post Graduate Diploma is not a recognized qualification. It is a means of aspiring to get a higher qualification such as Masters especially for Polytechnic graduates. Does Masari have a first degree or he used O’Level which is an acceptable qualification as per the 1999 constitution. In this case Masari need not claim PGD to aspire for gubernatorial office. APC please investigate and do the needful before it is too late.

    • Reporteruncensored

      How can you say a post graduate diploma is not a recognised academic qualication?Even a university graduate can do a PGDE to qualify as a teacher for example,in UK you can do a PGD to qualify as a nurse or lawyer(subject to further professional training) irrespective of what you studied at undergrad level…so if you aren’t sure of an issue shut up!

  • Rockson Wilson

    Ha ha ha ah!! Birds of the same feathers all in APC!!!

  • Du Covenant

    I agree with every you have said but, unfortunately our ‘brown journalists’ suffer from the same inferiority complex that our leaders have and I don’t see them playing any vital role. Frankly in Nigeria, we deserve what we get because Nigerians have refused to move away from ethnic, religious & regional bigotry in the 21st century. Instead of demanding from every elected official to answers some tough questions before he/she is elected we follow them blindly just because he/she is my tribe, attend the same church or from the same area. With such a mentality how do we expect to get the right calibre of people into leadership positions where positive results could be expected?.