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Produce your authentic WAEC Certificate within 30 days – Court asks Kwara APC gov candidate

One Adekunle Oluwafemi Abraham has instituted a court case against the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kwara state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, over the authenticity of the governorship candidate’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate.

The case with suit number KWS/73/2019 has been assigned to the court of Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the state High Court, Ilorin.

Thus, the State High Court has given the APC governorship candidate 30 days to defend the authenticity of his WAEC certificate.

Meanwhile, the APC governorship candidate, through his media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye, said that “we are not aware of any such pending case nor a court order in Kwara State or anywhere in Nigeria,” described the court case as desperate propaganda of a dying dynasty.

“It is on record that AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq submitted his WAEC certificate for two previous elections in 2011 and 2015. In the two instances, the INEC duly vetted his credentials and found them to be genuine. Nothing has changed,” he said.

In the court’s writ dated Thursday, March 7, 2019, the court ordered the defendant (Abdurahman Abdulrazaq) to “within 30 days after the service of this writ on you inclusive of the day of such service, you do cause an appearance to be entered in an action at the suit of Adekunle Oluwafemi Abraham and take notice that in default of you doing so, the claimant may proceed therein and judgment may be given in your absence.

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 the 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 1967 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 a 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 qualifications were not issued by WAEC and thus, the defendant is not qualified to contest for the office of Governor of Kwara State whose election will hold on Saturday.

Abraham further urged the court to declare that the APC candidate lied on oath, submitted forged documents and stand disqualified from contesting the gubernatorial elections.

The plaintiff, who attached to the process filed before the court the forms and attached documents submitted to INEC by the APC gubernatorial candidate, is being represented by O. M. Atoyebi and E. O. Oguntimehin.

However, the APC governorship candidate, through his media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye said that the purported court case is antics of dying dynasty, adding that the public should disregard the “mischievous propaganda.”

“We see this as a last-ditch desperate antics of a dying political dynasty clutching at straws just some 48 hours until his political career is buried.”

“For the record, we are not aware of any such pending case nor a court order in Kwara State or anywhere in Nigeria.”

It is on record that AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq submitted his WAEC certificate for two previous elections in 2011 and 2015. In the two instances, the INEC duly vetted his credentials and found them to be genuine. Nothing has changed.

Like their recent court case which had since been thrown out, we believe this desperate effort will also fail as the court has no time for busy-bodies.

Rather than weaken their resolve as the desperados wish, these antics can only further embolden Kwarans home and abroad to see to the final burial of the parasitic dynasty.

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