- Anti-corruption group, Say No Campaign, has called for probe into the certificate scandals involving two high profile politicians
- Senator Ademola Adeleke and minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, are both battling allegations of certificate forgery
- The group has, therefore, written to the relevant authorities to respond to the allegations
Anti-corruption group, Say No Campaign, has called for probe into the certificate scandals involving Senator Ademola Adeleke and minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com on Thursday, September 14, signed by its Co-convener, Ezenwa Nwagwu, the group said it has, through the legal instrument of the Freedom Of Information Act, written to the relevant authorities to respond to the allegations against the duo.
Nwagwu said there were obvious discrepancies in the two certificates presented by Senator Adeleke to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), stressing that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) needs to verify the authenticity of the result.
Part of the statement read: “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.”
In the same vein, the group said the wave of allegations surrounding the authenticity of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate presented by Adeosun, “is quite troubling and embarrassing, more so, that NYSC has in a conspiracy of silence, allowed it to fester.”
The group further said, “it has written the NYSC, by virtue of the FOI Act, to present a certified true copy of the application letter and exemption certificate to ascertain whether or not there is a case of forgery or abuse of due process.”
The statement noted that the sensitivity of the positions occupied by both personalities in the society, “demands that these cases should not be dismissed with a wave of the hand.”
“Hence Say No Campaign, in its bid for transparency and accountability, and in other to resolve the confusion, have requested WAEC and NYSC, through the FOI requests, to respond appropriately with certified true copies, that either authenticate or refute the certificates presented by these individuals.
“This is to enable the cause of justice to thrive, deter impending criminalities and boost the anti-corruption fight led by this administration that purportedly has zero tolerance to corruption,” the group said.
The statement was also signed by Centre for Transparency and Accountability (CTA), Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa (PAACA), Protest to Power (P2P) and YIAGA Africa.
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Meanwhile, the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has cautioned the federal government against 'victimising' Adeosun, stressing that the infractions in the certificate were not her fault.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com, CSGGG president, Comrade Dominic Ogakwu, Adeosun is a victim of a cabal hell-bent on tarnishing her image, adding that, “her policies in the last three years have tightened the noose on the nation’s treasury and disappointed the pilferers of our economy.”
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