Akume faults suit against his election
The Senate Minority Leader, Chief George Akume, yesterday ridiculed a court action seeking the nullification of his election on account of presenting forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
One Philip Agbese reportedly filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, to the effect that the certificates presented by the Senator for the purpose of contesting election were forged.
Reacting to the allegations in a statement yesterday, OrpinBeckie, Special Assistant on Media to Senator Akume, dismissed them as laughable, and wondered why some citizens 'are allowed to abuse the laws of our land with impunity.'
His words: 'This allegation is a classical case of a smear campaign on a thorough breed and it is capable of casting doubt in the minds of well- meaning citizens and may have the possibility of denting the reputation distinguished Senator George Akume has built over time. I therefore set out to clear the air as follows.
'The Senator has an unquenchable taste for knowledge and in spite of his modest background his parents enrolled him in L.G.E.D Wanune at a tender age. He thereafter gained entrance into the then Government Secondary School Otobi now Federal Government College Otobi as one of the pioneer students and graduated with Aggregate 21 in 1971. These records are still there in the school as well as with the examination authorities for any doubting Thomas who cares to check. It is this excellent showing that propelled him to pursue a higher certificate (HSC) at St. Louis College Jos in Plateau State.
'That he gained admission into the Premier University of Ibadan (Jos Campus) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1978 and a Master of Science in Industrial Labour Relations from the same school in 1986 is not in doubt. His mandatory one year national assignment took him to Advanced Teachers College, Akwanga, and he has a discharge certificate.
'His successful sojourn in the civil service is not a secret as he rose to the peak and he was severally acknowledged for his diligence and hardwork before he honourably retired.' (The Nation)