…May be charged to court, risks jail term.

Credible facts have emerged that the APC candidate for Ini State Constituency in the forthcoming House of Assembly elections in Akwa Ibom State is parading a fake degree.

The revelation is contained In a letter addressed to U. D. Itiat Esq of U. David Itiat & Associates, Uyo and dated January 28, 2019, wherein the Registrar stated that the signatures of the scheduled officers, that is the Vice – Chancellor and the Registrar, on the certificate presented by Mr Isong Nya John are forged and consequently that the certificate presented by him is not authentic.

Mr Moses O Abang, the Registrar of the University of Calabar, Calabar in the letter revealed that Mr Isong Nya John, the APC candidate for the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Ini State Constituency has no certificate whatsoever from the University of Calabar.

Mr John had presented the said certificate as part of requirements to contest for a seat at the House of Assembly, Akwa Ibom state. In the certificate, now revealed to be a miserable product of poor forgery, Mr John had claimed to posses a B.SC in microbiology with a Second Class Upper Division, from the University of calabar, bagged in the year 2000.

Commenting on the development, a constitutional lawyer, Barr Uwem Jonah has explained that the candidate of the APC risk going to jail as forgery is a felony punishable under the laws of Nigeria.

He explained further that the submission of false details in the course of elections by a candidate is ground for the disqualification of the said candidate pursuant to section 31 (5) of the Electoral Act, 2010 and a grounds for election petition by section 138 (1)(a) of the same legislation.

Efforts to reach Mr John has been unsuccessful as he is neither picking his calls nor responding to text messages.

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