By Kunle Adedoyin
Kwara State Governor-elect Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Tuesday denied presenting a fake West African Examination Council certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of the requirement to contest the 2019 governorship election.
Abdulrazaq’s counsel, Mr Lawal Jimoh while making the defence at a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin added that the governor-elect graduated from Government College, Kaduna in June 1976.
Justice Adenike Akinpelu, presiding has fixed June 10, 2019, for mention in a suit accusing Abdulrazaq of submitting a forged certificate to the INEC.
One Adekunle Oluwafemi Abraham, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Apado ward in the Ilorin East local government area of the state had instituted the case with suit number KWS /73/2019 against the state governor-elect on the authenticity of his WAEC certificate.
The claimant in his statement on oath said that, “While examining the personal particulars of the defendant, he was curious about the purported West African Examination Council (WAEC) school certificate No. SC180683 purportedly dated June, 1976 of the defendant particularly, the way the defendant’s name is written as” RASAQ A R” which from my personal experience, the West African Examination Council( WAEC) as a standard examination body in West Africa do not normally abbreviate names on the school certificates issued by it.
“That the way and manner the defendant’s name appears on his purported West African Examination Council ( WAEC) school certificate No. SC180683 dated June, 1976 raised my suspicion that the said West African Examination Council( WAEC) No. SC180683 dated June, 1976 could not have been issued by West African Examination Council (WAEC) and I reported my suspicion to my political party, Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) which promised to look into my complaint of my suspicion.
“That I also know as a fact that the defendant did not sit for West African Examination Council School Certificate and was therefore not issued with the purported West African Examination Council (WAEC) School Certificate No. SC180683 dated June, 1976 submitted to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the defendant. ”
The claimant in his statement of claim contended that “the West African Examination Council (WAEC) School Certificate No. SC180683 allegedly issued to the defendant by West African Examination Council (WAEC) in June 1976 and submitted to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is a false document. The claimant shall apply to this Honourable court to issue subpoena on West African Examination Council (WAEC) to produce the original of the said certificate”.
He further contended that the documents submitted by Abdulrazaq as his educational qualification was not issued by WAEC and thus, the defendant was not qualified to contest for the office of Governor of Kwara State.
The claimant’s lawyer, Oludele Lawrence Ola, after the court session told newsmen that AbdulRasaq’s counsel was yet to file a defence but only filed a memorandum of appearance for his client.
He said the defendant has given false information about his certificate, saying that was the prayer of the claimant to the court.
He noted that the claim that the defendant got his WAEC certificate in 1976 was false according to his client.
But the defendant’s lawyer, Lawal Jimoh, said that his client was served notice of the suit on May 2, 2019, and added that appearance was filed immediately.
He also said that his client, the governor-elect, got his WAEC result from Government College, Kaduna with full evidence of WAEC result obtained from the school in 1976.