Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, on Thursday, presented his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate before the state governorship election petitions tribunal in Abuja.
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This comes days after Abdulsalam Ibrahim, head, legal department of the Department of State Service (DSS), told the tribunal in Abuja that it was discovered that the certificate was altered, after his agency was ordered by an Abuja court to investigate allegation of certificate forgery against Ewhrudjakpo.
The tribunal struck out the subpoena issued against the deputy governor, after the petitioner made an application for withdrawal.
Vijah Opuama, who was the candidate of the Liberation Movement (LM) in the 2019 governorship election, had petitioned the tribunal, alleging that Ewhrudjakpo submitted forged exemption certificate and documents that contain false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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Opuama had in an application, urged the tribunal to issue a subpoena against the deputy governor, mandating him to come and testify as their witness.
The tribunal had issued a subpoena on May 5, 2020, mandating Ewhrudjakpor
to appear in court to defend himself.
On May 17, the deputy governor, through his counsel, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, filed an application challenging the competence of the subpoena.
However, Ume turned around on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, informing the tribunal that his client would appear to testify in court.