CERTIFICATE FALSIFICATION: PETITIONER WITHDRAWS FROM CASE AGAINST KWARA GOVERNOR ELECT, ABDULRAZAQ.
Adigun Obadara, Ilorin
One Adekunle Abraham of the peoples Democratic Party in Kwara state, one of the petitioners who instituted a case against the state’s governor elect, Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq over alleged certificate falsification, has withdrawn from it.
Their prayers from the State High Court had been for the disqualification of AbdulRazaq as in coming governor considering that his certificate was questionable.
They had told the court during the previous hearings that the governor elect did not possess WAEC certificate as the one he presented to INEC was not his.
They claimed the said certificate had names written in initials, and stated that the exam body never issued certificates bearing initials.
They further added that the initials were not his as the did not represent his names and prayed the court to disqualify him.
However, in a notice of discontinuance with the case in Suit No. KWS/73/2019, this petitioner known as Abraham said “I hereby wholly discontinue the case against the defendant.”
The petitioner did not state any reason for the sudden turn around on the case in the application dated May 21, 2019 and filed May 22, 2019.
AbdulRazaq’s legal team had presented to the court evidences of WAEC certificate in the respondent’s proof of evidence which confirmation came from the examination body through the legal team that had earlier applied for same
“Not only this, the Governor-elect’s legal team has also filed a number of depositions that proved Abraham’s claim that WAEC doesn’t issue certificate with initials to be false,” a source said.
“The depositions contain a number of certificates with initials and within the years the Governor-elect left secondary school,” the source added.
There are insinuations in some quarters that Abraham betrayed his party and sold out to the governor elect not minding the seriousness of their case.
Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate in the 2019 elections in Kwara state who is also one of the petitioners is still continuing with the case whilst some APC members believe the matter will be thrown out.
The court will make its decision in this development known on the next adjourned date.
Meanwhile, the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Ilorin has fixed June 13 and 14 for the commencement of hearing in the PDP’s petition challenging the declaration of Abdulrazaq as governor.
The PDP claimed that the governor-elect does not have the secondary school leaving certificate, which is the legal prerequisite for anyone running for the office of governor — a claim Abdulrazaq insisted is false.
Chairman of the three-person tribunal, Bassey Effiong announced the date after listening to counsels to the parties in the case at the continuation of the pre hearing session on Thursday.
He said that the trial will hold at 10a.m. on every hearing date.
Effiong said the petitioners will have four days (June 13,14 and July 9 and 10) to call their witnesses who would then be cross examined by the respondents.
The first respondent, the INEC, will have two days (July 11 and 12) to present its defense. AbdulRazaq, who is the second respondent, will present his defense between July 16, 17 and 18; while the third respondent, which is the APC, will present its defense between July 23, 24 and 25.
Effiong also said that the report of the pre-hearing conference will be available after Monday, May 27.
The matter has been adjourned till Monday May 27 for the adoption of various motions already filed by all the parties.