Online news medium, Sahara Reporters has alleged that Senator representing Anambra South district, Andy Uba forged his secondary school leaving certificate and “Confirmation of Result” dated November 13, 2013, which he presented to British authorities.
The news portal, who had alleged that Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye never graduated from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) as he claimed, disclosed that WAEC, in a letter addressed to George Smith of Public Agencies, located at 57 Peel Road, Wembley Middlesex, HA9 7LY in the United Kingdom, stated that “Letter reference no. L/CR/CONF/05465089 dated 21st November, 2013 is fake.”
WAEC’s letter, Sahara Reporters said, was dated February 12, 2014.
“Mr. A.A. Okelezo, as you rightly observed, reported as the Controller of our branch office in Calabar on 7th October, 2013 having been deployed from the Ikeja Zonal Office. He was never the Head of National Office, as indicated at the foot of the letter under reference. The signature on the document is in no way similar to his signature,” Sahara Reporters quoted the letter as saying.
According to Sahara Reporters, WAEC’s letter to Smith, signed by O.M. Adebayo, deputy Registrar in charge of School Exams Department, disclosed that “the Examination conducted in May/June 1974 was GCE [General Certificate of Education] and not WASSCE as indicated on the Confirmation of Result.”
“The Certificate No: SC 544753 with candidate No. 05465089 was found to be fake, as signatures on the document were forged. Also, the serial number quoted on the ‘certificate’ was non-existent in our system. In addition, the spelling of GRADE as GARDE let the document out as fake,” the news medium quoted Adebayo as saying, adding that a candidate with the same name as the senator, “sat the GCE in the school in 1974,” and then detailed the authentic results earned by the senator.
Sahara Reporters disclosed that in WAEC’s letter to Smith, Uba had “Credit” in Chemistry and “Pass” (which is lower than credit) in English Language, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology. It added that Uba “failed Bible Knowledge and Economics”.
“Uba’s falsified results claimed that he earned the following grades: English Literature 4, English Language 7, Christian Religious Knowledge 7, Economics 4, Statistics 6, Mathematics 6, Physics 4, and Chemistry 6,” Sahara Reporters stated.
The news medium alleged that Uba’s certificate from Concordia University, Canada, and California State University, U.S. were also forged as “he dropped out of both institutions without completing enough work to earn even a bachelor’s degree.”
It added that Buxton University, which Uba said he received a Ph.D from is “a ‘certificate mill’ that sells degrees to anybody willing to pay a small fee.”
In his forged secondary school leaving certificate, Mr. Uba claimed that he scored “First Division.” WAEC’s document to Mr. Smith debunks the claim. In his letter, Mr. Adebayo stated, “for a candidate to have been qualified for a First Division Certificate under the WASC/GCE regime, he/she must have passed in at least six subjects selected in accordance with the Regulations, reaching Credit in at least five of them (including English Language…” WAEC’s letter was emphatic that Mr. Uba “did not fulfill the condition and could therefore not have been awarded Division One.”
Andy Uba, who recently defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has not responded to the allegations.