Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, is in the eye of the storm for allegedly submitting a forged West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate as his only academic qualification to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the March 2 election.
Also, contrary to his claim in the form submitted to INEC office, along with the forged WAEC document, that he graduated from Government College Kaduna in 1976, findings showed that the Kwara APC flagbearer dropped out of the school in 1975.
In the forged WAEC certificate with the Candidate Number 10514119 and Certificate number SC180683, the name was written as Razaq A.R.
It was, however, learnt from WAEC office in Lagos that the examination council had an established practice of writing at least two full names on every dully issued certificate to the owner of the certificate to avoid confusion of two or more people with the same initials laying claim to the certificate.
No credible examination body, WAEC inclusive, would allow for more than one abbreviation as a candidate’s name, it was learnt.
Further findings showed that one Razaq A. R. on the list of 1976 graduands of the Government College Kaduna is a different person, a classmate of Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who finished from the school and wrote the WAEC examinations.
Curiously, a testimonial purportedly issued to him by the school (under the Government College Management School Board Kaduna) dated 19 November, 2014, which was also submitted to INEC office, bears his full name, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
One of those who finished from the college in 1976, a retired military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq was his school mate but insisted that the Kwara APC gov candidate did not complete his secondary school year five as was the system then.
Again, the WAEC certificate Abdulrazaq submitted to INEC office has certificate number SC 180683 for the WAEC Examination of June, 1976. This number is higher that another certificate issued by WAEC for June, 1979, which has the certificate number: SC144946.
It is understood that when Abdulrazaq contested and “won” the Kwara State gubernatorial primary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011 against Air Commodore Ayuba Buhari (retd.), Abdulrahman was dragged to Ilorin High Court by the Air Commodore on the basis that he (Abdulrazaq) has no constitutional required qualification to be the gubernatorial flagbearer of the party.
The case was said to have been adjourned till after the election.