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Wike in trouble for age falsification



RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike was yesterday sued for allegedly falsifying his Age Certificate among documents he presented to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A classmate of the governor and Port Harcourt-based legal practitioner, Achinike William-Wobodo, took Wike to court alleging that he falsified his age.  William-Wobodo claimed that he has known Wike since 1991, when both of them were in Faculty of Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Port Harcourt,
adding that Gov. Wike had always presented his date of birth as 13/12/1967 for which he reached 50 years of age in 2017in line with his 50th birthday celebrations last year in Port Harcourt. But going by his age declaration to INEC,
he would have been 54 rather than the 50 which he celebrated in 2017, stressing that Wike forged his age between 1999 and 2000, when he intended to stand for Obio-Akpor Local Government Area Council (LGA) chairmanship election,
when he was less than 35 years – the minimum age qualification at the time for LGA chairmen. But, in order to prop himself for that election, Wike allegedly got someone who deposed to an Affidavit that he was born on March 13, 1963,
which made him eligible for that election. In the said affidavit, allegedly made in 1986, there was copious reference to Obio-Akpor LGA, which was not in existence as at 1986, having only been created in 1989.
Therefore, William-Wobodo asked Federal High Court to disqualify Wike from participating in the 2019 Rivers State governorship election. He also picked holes in his affidavit titled ‘Statutory Declaration of Age,’ which was supposedly deposed  to at the High/Chief Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt noting that it bears a stamp purportedly belonging to Probate Registry, without identification or stamp of the person who allegedly administered the Oath as Commissioner for Oath as required by Oaths Act 1963.
This issue initially came up in the media during the buildup to 2015 governorship election in Rivers State. In a bid to maintain consistency in his age Wike re-presented the same certificate, which William-Wobodo alleged to be forged, to INEC.

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