April 20, 2024 4:03 am





Tribunal Bombshell: WAEC Under Fire for Not Presenting Ogun Gov Abiodun’s Certificate

An official of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Olufemi Olaleye, on Thursday, appeared before the Ogun State election petition tribunal without tendering a copy of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s certificate.

Abiodun was the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ogun State during the March 18 polls.

The examination council had earlier been subpoenaed by the tribunal to produce a copy of Dapo Abiodun’s 1978 WAEC certificate as attached to the form he filled with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This followed an allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ladi Adebutu, that Abiodun forged his WAEC certificate.

In his petition, Adebutu stated that Abiodun allegedly presented a forged West African Examinations Council School Certificate of June 1978 to the 1st Respondent (INEC) on July 25, 2022.

The petitioner further stated that he had written a letter to WAEC, to verify the authenticity of the said examination certificate presented by Abiodun to the electoral umpire.

  1. WAEC official, Olufemi Olaleye, appeared before Ogun State election petition tribunal.
  2. He did not provide Governor Dapo Abiodun’s certificate.
  3. Abiodun is the APC governorship candidate in Ogun State.
  4. The tribunal had subpoenaed WAEC to produce Abiodun’s 1978 WAEC certificate.
  5. PDP candidate Ladi Adebutu alleged that Abiodun forged his WAEC certificate.
  6. Adebutu claimed that Abiodun presented a forged certificate to INEC.
  7. Adebutu wrote to WAEC for certificate verification.

The WAEC official was not placed on oath, nor was he allowed to enter the witness box as he said “the requested certificate is not here with me”.

  1. The WAEC official was not allowed to testify under oath.
  2. He was unable to provide the requested certificate.

Olufemi Olaleye was allowed to tender in evidence, a copy of the subpoena issued to the examination body, upon which he was at the tribunal.

  1. Olufemi Olaleye submitted a copy of the subpoena to the tribunal as evidence.

He told the tribunal he did not bring the requested certificate “because WAEC does not keep duplicates of collected WAEC certificates”.

  1. Olaleye explained that WAEC does not keep duplicate certificates.

He stated that to confirm whether or not somebody partakes in the council’s examination, “the original certificate given to the candidate will be forwarded to WAEC” for verification.

  1. Olaleye clarified that the original certificate is forwarded to WAEC for verification.

Olaleye was discharged immediately he was recorded as having testified before the tribunal as PW73.

  1. Olaleye was discharged after testifying as PW73.

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