31 January 2013

Nigeria: Bayelsa PDP Candidate Denies Forgery Allegation

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Enaye Abah, in the forthcoming chairmanship election in Bayelsa State, yesterday described as "baseless and frivolous," an allegation of multiple certificate forgery and party defection levelled against him by a member of his party, Monday Eribo.

Abah in a rejoinder, which he personally signed, a copy of which was made available to THISDAY, condemned Eribo for resorting to media propaganda without properly confirming the allegations.

He maintained that he possessed original certificates of all the institutions he attended, alleging that "This is the handiwork of mischief makers and undemocratic elements."

"I was validly issued with the West African School Certificate No SG448754A by the West African Examination's Council (WAEC) in 1983. I also attended University of North London between 1992 and 1995 and was awarded a degree certificate. The university, which Eribo claimed, does not exist as it was subsequently merged with London Guildhall University in 2002 to form the present day London Metropolitan University," Abah alleged, adding that anyone in doubt could have verified the authenticity of his claims before going public on the matter.

Abah also denied falsifying his age, insisting that he was born in 1965. He also maintained that his NYSC exemption letter was not fraudulently procured as alleged. That he was never a member of the All Peoples Party (APP). And his tax clearance was duly issued by the appropriate tax office.

"The certificates are valid and I do not have control over the form and manner taxes are assessed and certificates issued.

"The party has sufficient provision for the resolution of disputes amongst its members from ward to national levels and every aggrieved members of the party must explore the dispute resolution mechanism provided by the party's constitution. But Eribo ignored the internal dispute resolution mechanisms of the party and chose to address his perceived grievances and ventilated them on the pages of national newspapers," he said.

He said he was prepared to avail Eribo copies of relevant documents "after sighting the originals in the presence of any senior party official."

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