Kogi governorship poll: Barewa College vindicates SDP candidate

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By Richard Elesho

As the race for the Kogi State Governorship election hots up, the Muri Ajaka Campaign Organization has dismissed speculations over the academic records of Social Democratic Party, SDP candidate, Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka.

The assurance was given by the organization’s Spokesman, Faruk Adejoh-Audu in a statement.

This follows the official confirmation by the authority of Barewa College, Zaria, Kaduna State that Ajaka was a student of the school in the nineties.

Adejoh-Audu explained that reaching to an earlier letter which the school was reported to have written in a response to an inquiry to verify the SDP candidate’s history in the school, the Principal Mallam Alhassan Isyaku apologized that there was an inadvertent mix up.

The letter addressed to the Chairman of the Kogi East Elders Forum, Chief Gabriel Aduku, said its earlier response was an error of omission.

“After additional investigation of our archived records I confirm that the Muritala Yakubu with registration number 14667 was a student of the college from 1996 to 1998.

However, he did not sit for WAEC in 1998 in the college hence the absence of his name in the 1998 WAEC Gazette.

I apologise for the error and we are available should you need further clarification,” the letter a copy of which is available to Journalists, states.

The Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka Campaign Organization therefore assured all her teeming supporters that there is indeed no cause for alarm.

“The error of omission by the school was as a result of the fact that the original enquiry was couched to verify the WAEC Certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which Alhaji Ajaka never said emanated from the school.

“Rather it was an external GCE Certificate issued directly to the candidate by the Examination Council.

“The public is therefore urged to disregard the campaign of calumny by desperate individuals based on the earlier erroneous communications.”

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