The Governor-elect of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has said he is unaware of any court case questioning the authenticity of his West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate.
In the suit with number KWS/73/2019, the court had reportedly given him 30 days to defend the authenticity of his WAEC certificate.
The Governor-elect’s comments, through an aide, come amid an outcry by an activist, Adekunle Oluwafemi Abraham, that he has been under threat for instituting the court case.
Abdulrazaq’s spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, said that the case is a desperate propaganda of a dying dynasty, adding that his principal and his team are not aware of any case or “a court order in Kwara state or anywhere in Nigeria”.
“It is on record that AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq submitted his WAEC certificate for two previous elections — in 2011 and 2015. In the two instances, the INEC duly vetted his credentials and found them to be genuine. Nothing has changed”, he said.
But Abraham, at a press conference in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, insisted on pushing through the case despite the threat text messages from unknown persons; and pressure from friends, relations, community and religious leaders to drop the case.
As he put it, he is not pursuing the matter in the name of his community, Apado, in Ilorin East local government area or any political party.
He said he is pushing the legal option because he is personally convinced in his drive to expose illegality as part of the anti corruption of the present administration.
His words: “Instead of being celebrated as a whistle-blower, I’m here being castigated by my community. And I don’t see any reason this action should be treated in isolation because there are other cases before this in this country, which did not attract much attention.
“Yes, I’m a member of the PDP, but I’m not holding forth for my party or my community. Nobody is sponsoring me. And I hope I deserve a national honour for this action of mine. If we say we are fighting corruption and are still perpetuating corruption, it means double talk. When are we getting out of this corruption mess we’ve found ourselves if we go on like this?”, he asked.
Recall that two days to the Governorship election, Abraham instituted the court case against the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kwara state.