The Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Emmanuel Ifeanyi Uba has denied allegations making the rounds that he allegedly forged his West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate.
He made the denial in a statement signed by one of his aides, Chike Okeke and made available to the media in Abuja, yesterday, adding that the allegation was made up by someone who at a time claimed to be a Pastor, an investigator and a lawyer, that it was in the course of his efforts to get the UK Border Agency and the office of
Home Secretary to rescind exclusion order imposed on the lawmaker that he discovered that Senator Uba’s WAEC certificate is fake.
Okeke said that the allegations are unfounded, false, misleading and are therefore refuted and denied by the senator. He said that there was never a time Uba authorized anyone or engaged anyone to deal with anybody or government agency in the UK and the US on his behalf. “The Distinguished Senator and his family are seriously embarrassed and outraged at these false and injurious publications.”
He also denied media report that the Police are protecting the senator from being arrested and prosecuted for certificate forgery, extortion as well as intimidation, adding that it was also lies that the Senator was trying to assassinate the lawyer who made the allegation because of the case he instituted against the senator at the High Court of FCT.
It noted that the campaign against the senator intensified immediately he declared his intention to contest for the governorship position of Anambra State in the last gubernatorial election held in 2017.
It noted that Senator Andy Uba is a man of integrity, a very distinguished Nigerian and a seasoned politician. He is
presently serving as a ranking senator. He has served this nation creditably; and he is still willing to serve in whatever capacity that God entrusts him with.
Furthermore it said, “We are not aware of any probe, allegation or litigation relating to his very well known academic qualifications. Luckily, many of Senator Emmanuel Andy Uba’s classmates from primary school through the university are still alive and are traceable. Therefore the purported WAEC Certificate with Certificate No: SC544753 issued in 1974 with one Uba Emmanuel Nnamdi does not belong to Senator Emmanuel Andy Uba and did not emanate from him.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, in all of Senator Emmanuel Andy Uba’s private and political career, he has consistently used the WAEC Certificate he obtained from Union Secondary School, Awkunanaw, Enugu in 1974 with Examination No: 05465/89; his degree certificate from California State University, Los Angeles for the award of Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban Analysis in 2013; and his certificate of award of Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka in 2009. These are the certificates he
used in his INEC Form CF 001 with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) SUBMITTED IN THE 2007, 2010, 2010, 2011, 2011 Re-run and 2015 general elections. Being public documents, they are open to
the general public for verification”, it explained.
The statement also accused sections of the media of misinformation, and urged them to always crosscheck its reports before publications even as it threatened that legal actions would be taken against organizations that publish libelous information about the senator.