The least may have not been heard about the Bayelsa state governorship election tribunal over certificate forgery that has taken an unexpected turn as the Liberation Movement gubernatorial candidate of 2019 Bayelsa elections, Vijah Opuamah who dragged the Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewrudjakpor to court over an alleged Certificate forgery has admitted to having discrepancies in his own educational certificate.
This was revealed at Tuesday, June 9, at a court sitting at the tribunal, the lawyer representing Gov. Duoye Diri (Bayelsa State Governor), Mr Chris Uche (SAN) alleged that Mr. Vijah had unidentical names on his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) and his West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate. The 3rd respondent’s lawyer pointed out that the names on both certificates were contradictory
Under cross-exemination by Mr. Chris, the Petitioner who was a subpoenaed witness however mentioned that the names on the certificates were different as a result of a change of name. He claims that he has a change of name certificate purportedly issued by the court of law to show for it.
He also stressed that the Deputy Governor’s names were not identical on all his school certificates, also pointing out that Mr. Lawrence was due to graduate in 1994/1995, four years after he gained admission but according to his certificate, he graduated on 2nd February, 1998. Three years after his expected year of graduation. He therefore insinuated that the document was “false and contradictory”.
In a short ruling, the chairman of the three man panel, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo held that there were unidentical names on both certificates. He said “I hope players are not turning into preachers.”
Justice Sirajo, discharged the subpoena which was earlier served and adjourned the proceedings to Friday, June 12.
Meanwhile, the case of unlawful exclusion between the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) Vs the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which was adjourned to June 8 for defense was called.
However, both INEC and PDP could not call a single witness in defense of the petition against them.
Hence, it means that the Respondents have admitted the averments against them.
Correspondents had earlier reported that the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party [ANDP] took the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] to court for unlawfully excluding it from the Bayelsa gubernatorial elections held on November 12 2019.
ANDP through it’s National Chairman, Barr Charles Ogboli had asked the tribunal to cancel the entire process of the 2019 Governorship Election and order for a fresh election to enable his party participate in the process.
The matter was adjourned for adoption of final written addresses on a date that would later be communicated by the judge.