APC drags PDP senatorial candidate before court over perjury, certificate falsification
By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo
Ahead of the Lagos-East senatorial bye-election scheduled for December 5th, All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State, has dragged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Babatunde Gbadamosi before a Federal High Court, Ikoyi over alleged perjury and certificates falsification.
In the suit filed before the court with reference NO: FHC/L/CS/1659/2020, the APC also dragged Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and supported their allegations with a photocopy of the documents to prove that the PDP candidate perpetrated the act.
The APC averred that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate, which Gbadamosi submitted to INEC as a prerequisite for the election, and what was obtained from the examination body’s official website, were at variance.
In the suit filed by counsel to Lagos APC, Kemi Pinheiro, and Kemi Balogun before the court on Monday, asking it to disqualify Gbadamosi from contesting the bye-election scheduled for next 12 days.
The party, in its writs of summons, claimed that it discovered certain discrepancies in the certificates, describing it as an indicative fact that the WAEC certificate the PDP candidate for the election submitted to INEC might have been falsified.
It claimed that some of the discrepancies observed in Gbadamosi’s WAEC certificate include the number of subjects the PDP candidate allegedly sat for “is different from the number of subjects he sat for as contained on the website of WAEC.
“Also, the grades he claims to have received via the certificate is different from that contained on the official website of WAEC,” the APC declared in its writs of summon which was also obtained by The Guild.
The WAEC certificate, which Gbadamosi submitted to the INEC, revealed that the PDP candidate only sat for five subjects: English Language with A3 grade, Literature in English C5; History C5; Commerce C4 and Biology P7.
However, details of Gbadamosi’s result obtained from WAEC’s official website revealed that the PDP candidate for eight subjects in which he had F-9 in Bible Knowledge; F-9 in Economics; F-9 in Mathematics; A-3 English Language; C-5 in Literature in English; C-5 in History; C-4 in Commerce and P-7 Biology.
The APC, also, alleged that the PDP candidate filled Form EC9 that he attended the Lagos State University after obtaining his WAEC certificate in 1985, which it argued, was suspicious because he did not meet requirements for admission in the university.
On these grounds, the APC asked the court to disqualify the PDP and Gbadamosi from contesting the forthcoming senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, which the INEC had rescheduled to hold on December 5
Apart from asking the court to disqualify the PDP candidate from contesting the December 5 senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, the APC prayed that the court, also, “disqualifies him from contesting future elections in view of the falsified certificate he presented to the INEC”.
Also, in its statement of claims, the APC declared that it had painstakingly studied the Forms EC9 and CF001 Gbadamosi filled and submitted to the INEC for the purpose of the December 5 senatorial bye-election
The party alleged that the PDP candidate made several false declarations on oath regarding his working experience, his educational qualifications, and certain other aspects.
It, also, alleged that Gbadamosi did not participate in the one year mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC), which according to the APC, indicated that making “false declarations on oath and failure to participate in the mandatory national service are offences under our several criminal laws”,
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