PDP chieftain docked for allegedly forging WAEC certificate

PDP The police in Lagos yesterday arraigned a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court for alleged forgery and perjury.

Busari Ayinde Kola, 51, was brought before Magistrate F.O. Aighokhaevbo on a four-count charge of forgery and another two- count charge of perjury.

On forgery, Kola was alleged to have sometime in December 1987 in Lagos made a false West African Examination Council (WAEC) General Certificate Examination (GCE), Ordinary Level, with number NGBO538847 to the prejudice of the WAEC.

He was said to have on September 16, 2011 in Lagos fraudulently used the false WAEC certificate by presenting it to the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) as genuine.

The politician was also alleged to have in April 1995 in Lagos knowingly made a false sworn affidavit of Oyo State High Court of Justice, Ibadan Judicial Division to the prejudice of Oyo High Court, as well as used the false affidavit on September 16, 2011 by presenting it to the LASIEC.

Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police, Oloruntoba Tayeola, told the court that the forgery offence contravened Sections 363(2)(a)(b), 364(1) and 363(3)(T)(U)(V) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.

On perjury, Kola, who was a PDP candidate at the just-concluded Lagos State Local Government elections, was alleged to have on September 16, 2011 knowingly gave a false testimony on oath to the LASIEC nomination form that his names were Busari Akande Kola Ayinde, adding that he had never changed his names.

Olorontoba said Kola also gave a false testimony on oath to the LASIEC nomination form by submitting WAEC GCE Ordinary Level certificate with number NGB0538847 as his own, a testimony he knew to be false.

The prosecutor said the perjury offence contravened Sections 86(1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.

Kola pleaded not guilty to the charges against him by the police.

Magistrate Aighokhaevbo, in her ruling, asked the prosecution to consolidate the charges against the PDP chieftain.

For each of the charges, Aighokhaevbo admitted him to bail in N1million with two sureties in like sum.

The matter has been adjourned till January 25, 2013 for consolidation and mention.

The Nation

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