Certificate Scandal Rocks Kwara APC Candidate

Abdulrazak Abdulrahman

Emerging issues might be brewing trouble for the Bashir Bolarinwa faction of the All Progressives party, APC in Kwara State and their governorship candidate going by facts available questioning the authenticity of credentials and forms submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission by the candidate.

It is observed that the certificates submitted to INEC bears a questionable identity contrary to Abdulrazaq’s claim in the form submitted to INEC office, along with the forged WAEC document that he passed out of Government College Kaduna in 1976.

Empirical evidence from our findings showed that the Kwara APC flag bearer dropped out of the school in 1975 as proven by the documents available suggesting that the forged WAEC certificate with the Candidate Number 10514119 and Certificate number SC180683 has the name simply written on it as Razaq A.R.

The name Razaq A.R. with the two initials as stated on the WASCE certificate is contrary to the standard of WAEC.

A senior WAEC official who spoke under anonymity at the Lagos office confirmed that the examination council, like every other standard examination bodies has an established practice of writing at least two full names on every dully issued certificate to the owner of the certificates to avoid confusing two or more people with the same initials laying claim to one certificate.

Our source was assertive that no credible examination body, WAEC inclusive, would allow for more than one abbreviation as a candidate’s name.

However, further findings showed that one Razaq A. R. on the list of 1976 graduands of the Government College Kaduna is a different person, as he was a classmate of Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who finished from the school and wrote the WAEC examinations.

Curiously, a testimonial purportedly issued to him by the school (under the Government College Management School Board Kaduna) dated 19 November 2014, which was also submitted to INEC office, bears his full name, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

One of those who finished from the college in 1976, a retired military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq was his school mate but insisted that the Kwara APC gov candidate did not complete his secondary school year five as was the system then.

Again, the WAEC certificate Abdulrazaq submitted to INEC office has certificate number SC 180683 for the WAEC Examination of June, 1976. This number is higher than the one on another certificate issued by WAEC for June, 1979, which as the certificate number: SC144946.

It is understood that when Abdulrazaq contested and “won” the Kwara State gubernatorial primary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011 against Air Commodore Ayuba Buhari (rtd.), he, Abdulrahman was dragged to Ilorin High Court by the Air Commodore on the basis that he (Abdulrazaq) has no constitutionally required qualification to be the gubernatorial flag bearer of the party.

The matter was said to have been adjourned till after the main election then.

Below are some of the exhibits available to us in the course of our investigations

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