Ondo election: Lawyer claims deputy governor Ajayi submitted forged certificates

Ondo election: Lawyer claims deputy governor Ajayi submitted forged certificates

- Ondo deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi is alleged to have forged his certificates

- The allegation was raised by an Akure based lawyer Femi Emodamori

- INEC has been asked by the lawyer to publish Ajayi's particulars within 7 days

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Ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo state, Femi Emodamori, has claimed that the deputy governor of Ondo state, Agboola Ajayi, submitted falsified certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Emodamori who is an Akure-based lawyer consequently asked INEC to publish the particulars of Ajayi within seven days or he would compel it through the courts to do so.

He disclosed this in a letter addressed to the Ondo state Resident Electoral Commissioner.

The lawyer also claimed that INEC failed to publish the particulars of the contestants along with the list of candidates it has published, Premium Times reports.

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“The commission shall, within seven days of the receipt of the personal particulars of the candidate, publish same in the constituency where the candidate intends to contest the election.

Ondo election: Lawyer claims deputy governor Ajayi submitted forged certificates

Ajayi is alleged to have forged his certificates
Source: UGC

"I have very strong evidence, like many other members of the Civil Society, that Hon. Alfred Agboola Ajayi has presented false certificates to INEC within the context of Section 182 (1) (j) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), and the recent Supreme Court decision in MODIBO V. USMAN (2020) 3 NWLR (PT 1712) 470 AT page 510, PARAGRAPHS A-H where the Supreme Court held that ‘Certificate’ has a wider meaning than school certificate, and that it actually means ‘any document that attests, testifies, vouches, ascertains, and verifies the facts therein,” he said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the defection of Ajayi from the party on Monday, August 10, is a sign of desperation in the deputy governor's political journey.

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In a statement released by Kennedy lkantu Peretei, who is the party's publicity secretary, the PDP said his defection will not have any effect on the coming election.

PDP stated that though it has not received the official letter of Ajayi's resignation, it will continue to wish the unsettled deputy governor well in his political journey.

Legit.ng recalls that Ajayi dumped the PDP following his failure to clinch the party's governorship ticket.

His resignation came less than fifty days after leaving All Progressives Congress (APC) in what climaxed the political feud between him and his principal Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

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