Ifere Paul, a media expert in Cross River State and member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party has petitioned APC’s House of Representatives candidate for Biase/Akamkpa Federal Constituency, Hon. Ekpo Mkpanam Obo-Bassey over alleged certificate forgery.
Ifere said his curiosity was lighted when the APC Screening Committee disqualified Ekpo from going into the primary election but only to later hear that, the said Ekpo would be flying the party’s flag at the general elections.
According to Ifere, the documents obtained from the party’s National Secretariat showed that Ekpo’s SSCE certificate which he tendered to the party was rejected as the picture embossed on the certificate contradicted his face.
“The same certificate was later recalled by him after signing for its withdrawal. He withdrew the certificate after it was beginning to raise dust. Whether he was able to re-submit an authentic certificate was not certain but all of a sudden, we hear that he is the flag bearer, how?” Ifere wondered.
“It is worth noting that Mr Mkpanam has contested the house of assembly election and won. His opponent took him to court for not having the minimum certificate requirement for that seat. According to my investigation, Mr Mkpanam was removed from his seat as a result of his inability to prove that he obtained his 1994 Senior Secondary Certificate from Girl’s Secondary School, Ile-Ife. Mr Mkpanam could not have attended a girl’s school as a man in 1994.
“According to documents tendered by Mr. Ekpo to INEC in 2003, he completed his Higher National Diploma in 1997 and was issued a certificate dated 2nd June, 1997. His Certificate of National Service issued by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) shows that he served from 1st July 1996 to 30th June, 1997. This means that he participated in the National Youth Service scheme roughly a year before he completed his Higher National Diploma.
“I have checked the authenticity of the result tendered online, and can authoritatively say that the grades and name in the result matched well with what Mr Mkpanam tendered to the APC. But the picture on it differs,” Ifere continued.
Hence, Mr. Ifere Paul called on the APC in Cross River State to not accept Hon. Ekpo or any other contestant with forged certificates, as, according to him, that may bring negative publicity to their campaign in 2019
“Going forward, the APC must call Mr Mkpanam to order!” Ifere said.