16 May 2017

Nigeria: I Didn't Forge My WAEC Certificate, Says Ogbe

Abakaliki — The member representing Ezza South/Ikwo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Lazarus Ogbe yesterday denied a facebook account (Ebonyi patriot) that accused him of forging his West African Examination Council (WAEC), which he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in the 2015 general elections.

The lawmaker also threatened to sue a facebook account, Ebonyi patriots and all those that accused him of forging his WAEC certificate.

The facebook account had posted on its timeline at the weekend that the lawmaker forged his WAEC certificate.

In a press conference in Onueke, Ezza South local government area of Ebonyi state, Ogbe denied the allegation, describing it as handiwork of his opponents and mischief makers who are hell bent in destroying his hard earned image.

His attention, he said, was drawn to a facebook post, which has gone viral that I forged my WAEC certificate, which was included in my academic qualifications that I submitted to INEC for 2015 election for House of Reps.

"Actually, I have come to clear the air that in 1979, I enrolled into Ezza high school, Onueke and by 1984, I took my WAEC and thereafter was given original certificate. My examination number in the WAEC certificate which I used and sat for the examination is 04608112, while the certificate number is SG 526723A and is verifiable anywhere. You can browse it and know the name that is there. You will see Lazarus Ogbe if you purchase WAEC scratch card and browse the exam number.

"I couldn't have gone to fabricate or to forge anybody's certificate, when I have mine. This campaign of calumny and character assassination is emanating from some people I defeated in the 2015 polls. Since I defeated them, it has never gone down well with them and they have been fighting to pull me down. They took me to tribunal and later appeal court and I won them.

"2019 is around the corner and they are trying to smear my image but even if I was so careless, even if I was so complacent, I will not reduce myself into forging certificate. I will sue this people that are peddling this dangerous rumour around that I forged my certificate. I will go to any length legally and seek redress to make sure I protect my character. Those who are destroying my image will actually pay for it," he threatened.

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