A group of activists, under the “Say No Campaign,” have written to the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), to seek clarification to the issue of certificate scandal, rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), gubernatorial candidate, Ademola Adeleke, in the governorship election holding on Saturday in Osun State.
Relying on the legal instrument of Freedom of Information Act, the Say No Campaign said it has written the relevant authorities to respond to the claims presented on the issue.
The statement signed by the Co-Convener, Say No Campaign Nigeria Ezenwa Nwagwu, said: “The Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) scandal involving senator Ademola Adeleke, now a gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is one of many, which must not be left to wither off for the fact that it insults the collective sensitivity and intelligence of the Nigerian people.
“Beyond that, if proven to be a case of forgery, it is a criminal offence that needs adequate prosecution.
“The certificates (Secondary School Testimonial and SSCE Statement of Result) presented by Senator Ademola Adeleke, at the INEC screening for governorship candidate confirms a lot of discrepancies that need clarification in other not to suggest the obvious.
“Besides the irregularities in school names, subjects registered for and the fact that all subjects, except one, were still pending as at July 2018 when the result was issued, for an examination written in 1981, the statement of result states that the examination sat for by Ademola Adeleke was an SSCE (Senior Secondary Certificate Examination) WAEC examination, while the testimonial, recorded that the same senator, Ademola Adeleke, sat for a ‘WASSCE’.
“Besides the disparities in the two certificates presented, except WAEC says otherwise, in 1981 WAEC had not commenced an SSCE for the simple fact that there was no apparent distinction between junior and senior secondary schools, it was a grade/form one to five system that was in operation, hence, WAEC could not have conducted an SSCE for Senator Ademola Adeleke in 1981.
“Similarly, the SSCE statement of result which was signed in July 2018 is bearing the same signature with the Testimonial that was issued and signed 31 years before (July 1981) by supposedly, the same person.
“An official clarification is, however, needed by WAEC to verify the authenticity of the result presented so as to register its stance for truth and support for the anti-corruption movement of Nigeria.”
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