We Have No Hand In Buhari’s Cambridge Documents, WAEC Official Tells Tribunal

A West African Examination Council (WAEC) official, Henry Adewunmi, who said he has worked with examination board for 30 years told the Presidential election tribunal that the assessment result issued to President Muhammadu Buhari by Cambridge Assessment Center is not a document from WAEC.

Adewunmi said this on Wednesday when President Muhammadu continued the defence against the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging his victory during the February 23 presidential election.

President Buhari’s lawyer, Mr Wole Olanipekun, had earlier called four witnesses including Henry Adewunmi who is also a deputy registrar in charge of exam registration at WAEC.

President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affair, Sarki Abba was also one of the witnesses called up by Mr Olanipekun.

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In his witnesses testimony, Mr Adewunmi who was subpoenaed from WAEC and led in evidence by President Buhari’s lawyer, Mr Wole Olanipekun, told the tribunal that 18 candidates sat for the 1961 WAEC exam and that President Buhari was inclusive and indeed was number two on the candidates’ list.

Adewunmi, while testifying further added that President Buhari sat for eight subjects and had credits in five subjects.

The witness maintained that President Buhari was educated up to secondary school level and was awarded aggregate 32 and grade 2 for his performance.

However, under cross examination by Atiku and PDP’s counsel, Mr Levi Uzoukwu, the witness admitted that the assessment result issued to President Buhari  by Cambridge Assessment Center was not equal to a certificate.

The witness added that the assessment report of President Buhari is not a document from WAEC because it is bearing Cambridge University Assessment International Education.

After he was further cross-examined by the petitioner’s lawyers, Mr Adewunmi admitted that he never worked with the University of Cambridge and that his own signature is not on the assessment report.

He added that the attestation letter issued to Buhari on November 2, 2018, was not a certificate and it can be issued under various conditions.

President Buhari has so far called seven of the 240 witnesses listed in his response to the petition. Further defence in the petition continues on August 1, 2019.

Kwara Governor-Elect Denies Submitting Fake WAEC Certificate To INEC

Kwara Governor-Elect, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq.

 

The Governor-elect of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has denied claims that he forwarded a fake WAEC certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the recently conducted governorship election in the state.

Defending Abdulrazaq at the State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Tuesday, his lawyer, Mr Lawal Jimoh, explained that the governor-elect graduated from Government College, Kaduna in June 1976, hence, the claims of possessing a fake document were false.

“My client attended Government College, Kaduna. And of course, he wrote his WAEC in 1976. The records are there, they are clear,” he stated.

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Apado ward, in the Ilorin East local government area of the state, Adekunle Abraham, had challenged the authenticity of Abdulrazaq’s WAEC certificate.

Specifically, Abraham pointed out that the way the defendant’s name was written as “RASAQ A R” had raised some suspicious.

“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,” he said.

Furthermore, he said he knew for a fact the the defendant did not sit for the exams and was, therefore, not issued with the purported certificate.

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He, therefore, urged the court to declare that the APC candidate lied on oath and submitted forged documents to contest the gubernatorial elections.

Speaking with journalists after the court session, the claimant’s lawyer, Lawrence Ola, said the defendant’ lawyer was yet to file a defence but only filed a Memorandum of Appearance for his client.

“The defendant posted an affidavit that he got a WAEC certificate detailed 1976. And based on the findings of my client, we see that it is a cock and bull story. As a matter of fact, it is perjury,” he said.

But also speaking, the defendant’s lawyer who said that his client was served notice of the suit on May 2, 2019, added that appearance was filed immediately.

He also maintained that his client, got his WAEC result from Government College, Kaduna with full evidence of WAEC result obtained from the school in 1976.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Adenike Akinpelu adjourned the case to June 10, saying the defence was still within the time frame to file their statements.