Politicians will no longer contest election with fake certificates – Nigerian institute vows

The National Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Investigators of Nigeria has announced plans to ensure that dubious politicians no longer contest elections with forged certificates in the country.
Dr Iliyasu Gashinbaki, Pioneer President and Chairman of the Governing Council, made this known during a meeting with the leadership of national Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the institute will work with IPAC to help in the authentication of documents of aspirants even before the primary elections in the 2027 general elections.
“Politics is too important to be left in the hands of politicians. We will engage all political parties through IPAC to see how we can strengthen the electoral management process. We’ve had several instances where we know that if forensic tools had been deployed, it would have saved the country embarrassment and even the stress the electorate went through,” he said.
“A typical case in point is the case of Bayelsa, where the election of an elected governor was nullified because of certificate forgery that shouldn’t have happened.
“The person that the masses elected was a different person, and the court nullified it. We’re talking to all the political parties in Nigeria. We’ve seen the decline of governance in Africa.
“This is the reason for multiple coups across Africa. One of the ways to address impunity is to tackle the recruitment process of people who occupy political offices, from the councilor to the president.
“For this reason, we are setting up two laboratories that would be too critical for the 2027 general elections to ensure that no dubious or forged document of any kind will be submitted by politicians during the elections.
“We’ve had instances of forged NYSC certificates, tax clearance certificates, and academic certificates filled in by politicians, like in the case of Bayelsa, to stand for elections, and this leads the country to embarrassment, and the electorate is shortchanged.
“We’ll work with IPAC to help in the authentication of the documents of candidates that would stand elections before the primary elections.”
Also speaking, the Chairman of IPAC and National Chairman of the Allied People’s Movement, APM, Alhaji Yusuf Dantalle, said, “One day, I pray we’ll all agree as Nigerians that we want a better system for all of us.
“As long as we refuse to domesticate the solutions to our problems or refuse to identify the foundation of our problems, I think some of these problems are self-inflicted because we know what to do to get out of the mess we’re in, but somehow, for personal gain, we do not want to.
“This partnership, for me and the council, is a welcome development. It must be encouraged and consolidated.”