The Court of Appeal setting in Jos has upheld the election of Ibrahim Baba-Hassan of the All Progressives Congress, APC, into the seat of Jos North-North State Constituency of Plateau State House of Assembly.
In his judgement on Wednesday, Justice Moses Ugor held that the appellant failed to prove their allegation that Mr Baba-Hassan had forged a Diploma Certificate he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to contest election in 2015.
Recall that Munir Barau of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had challenged the 2019 election of Baba-Hassan at a tribunal, alleging that he had presented false information to INEC by presenting, ”forged Diploma certificate from University of Jos”.
However, the tribunal held that Mr Barau did not prove his allegation beyond reasonable doubt.
Mr Barau, thereafter, appealed the judgement.
In the appellate court, Justice Ugor upheld the tribunal judgement, striking out Mr Barau’s exhibits P7, P8 and P10, and issues 1 and 2 of his petition.
The judge held that Mr Barau did not tender certified documents.
Justice Ugor, further said that the tribunal was right when it held that the PW 2 – the deputy registrar of the University of Jos – only gave oral evidence, rather than documentary evidence.
The court, therefore, held that Mr Barau had failed to prove his allegation beyond reasonable doubt, as required by sections 131,132 and 133 of the evidence act.