Gani Audu, the running mate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the September 19 election, has been accused of forging a certificate as his documents submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not correspond with his academic qualification.
Various documents of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s running mate were submitted to the commission and revealed discrepancies that did not match with his certificate. This resulted in the APC to lose the state after the Supreme Court administrated Audu’s certificate and found that it was forged, consequently invalidating the party’s ticket in the current governorship elections.
Therefore, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has instituted a court case at the Federal High Court, requesting the court to ban the candidate from partaking in the forthcoming elections as a result of the faulty certificate of his running mate. It was reported that in the documents, Gani Audu swore to an affidavit submitted to the INEC with his name as Audu Abudu Ganiyu, his other documents bear differing names.
“While his name on the affidavit is Audu Abudu Ganiyu, in his voter’s card, his name is Audu Abdul Ganiyu. Likewise, in his APC membership card, his name appears as Gani Audu. The WASSCE/GCE certificate he submitted bears Audu Ahudu Ganeyu.
“His APC membership card bears the name Audu Gani. The discrepancies are bewildering. The action violates section 182 (1) (j) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). Hence, there is no way we can say that a person with a conflict of names is the same as the Gani Audu we see today on the campaign trail of the candidate of the APC, reported the legal expert, Mr Blessed Omonuwa who assessed the documents.
He added, “The only explanation one can hazard is that he may have used the academic credentials of another person and tried to pass off as that person. The case is watertight and may well spell the end of the APC campaign trail as they are sure to suffer the same fate as their party’s candidate in Bayelsa, who had similar liabilities in his certificate.”