A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and member of the National Campaign Council for the Anambra State governorship election, Mr. John Mayaki has said the party has uncovered a plot to discredit the Governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Andy Uba.
According to Mr. Mayaki, some individuals without any useful agenda to sell to the people of Anambra, have concluded plans to smear candidate Andy Uba with the unfounded accusation that he forged his WAEC candidate.
He described the accusation as “most laughable” given the well-documented fact that Senator Andy Uba obtained a verifiably authentic WAEC certificate from the Union Secondary School, Awkunawa in Enugu state.
Mayaki said: “Some persons who have no agenda to sell to the Anambra people are finalizing plans with some dubious media characters and platforms to amplify a smear that Senator Andy Uba forged his WAEC certificate.”
“The falsehood may have warranted consideration were it not for the fact that some of the classmates of Senator Andy Uba who sat with him for the examination are alive and able to attest to the fact that he indeed obtained a verifiably authentic WAEC certificate from the Union Secondary School, Awkunawa, Enugu State in 1974.”
“As a man whose quest for knowledge is foregrounded by the other degrees he has acquired in Nigeria and abroad, Senator Andy Uba’s credentials have undergone and passed several authenticity checks and scrutiny by respected local and foreign institutions.”
“Besides, he has presented the same certificate as part of his academic qualifications to INEC in all the times he has run for office. Nigerians and other interested parties, too, have been urged to conduct independent checks of their own with the public disclosure of his examination number, which is 05465/089.”
“It is therefore beyond absurd, and a disappointing pointer to the emptiness of these persons, to attempt to rehash a matter that has been put paid to with hopes that their falsehood can travel faster than the vindicating truth.”
“At this critical juncture in the state’s political history, what is required are useful debates and engagements on policies and programs, not cheap shots and black propaganda premised on falsehood. These persons should be advised that their emptiness is a burden they will have to bear alone, as these repeated attempts to distract the issue-based and popular campaign of Senator Andy Uba and the APC with frivolities will always fail.”