A PDP governorship aspirant in the May 2022 primary in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Akan Okon says he did not contact the West African Examination Council, WAEC, to confirm his allegation of certificate forgery against the party’s governorship candidate, Pastor Umo Eno.
Mr. Okon, a former Commissioner, stated this while giving evidence before the Federal High Court in Uyo in a case he is challenging the 1981 and 1983 WAEC certificates of Pastor Eno, the second defendant.
Okon was testifying in court and was crossed examined by the Defense Counsel, Paul Usoro, SAN, on issues raised in the witness’s amended statement on oath.
He told the Court that he does not need a forensic expert to know a certificate that is forged as he can look at the certificate with his eyes and detect it.
On the claim that the second defendant’s certificate submitted to the PDP governorship screening committee in Port Harcourt was forged, the plaintiff said he got the information from a group, Association for Advancement of Democracy in Nigeria, which purportedly wrote to the West African Examination Council for confirmation of the certificate.
Okon argued that Pastor Eno sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in December 1983, while his own was in May/June, the same year.
According to him, all candidates who participated in the exam had the same serial index numbers, wondering why that of the second defendant was different.
On whether he knew all the candidates that took part in the exam, he answered in the negative saying he only contacted a few of them.
Earlier the court presided over by Justice Agatha Okeke had stood down the hearing for one hour to enable the plaintiff to furnish the Court with the contacts of officials of the Association for Advancement of Democracy in Nigeria and one Victor Anwana, whom he said introduced him to the group in April this year.
The case is ongoing at the Federal High Court.