By Abdullahi Olesin
Adekunle Oluwafemi Abraham, the activist that instituted a court case over authenticity of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate of the Kwara state governor- elect, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has alleged that his life is being threatened by unknown people.
Abraham who addressed newsmen in Ilorin, yesterday said that he had continued to receive threat text messages from unknown persons, pressure from both community and religious leaders and calls from friends and relations, urging him to withdraw the case from the court.
The threats to his life notwithstanding, Abraham vowed to pursue the case to its logical conclusion.
Abraham, who said that he instituted the court case based on personal conviction to expose illegality in the society in line with the anti corruption posture of the current administration in the country, added that he did not do it in the name of his community, Apado, in Ilorin East local government area or any political party.
Describing himself as an activist from his school days at the University of Ilorin, Abraham said “instead of being celebrated as a whistle-blower, I’m here being castigated by my community. And I don’t see any reason this action should be treated in isolation because there are other cases before this in this country, which did not attract much attention.
“Yes, I’m a member of the PDP, but I’m not holding forth for my party or my community. Nobody is sponsoring me. And I hope I deserve a national honour for this action of mine. If we say we are fighting corruption and are still perpetuating corruption, it means double talk. When are we getting out of this corruption mess we’ve found ourselves if we go on like this?”, he asked rhetorically.
Abraham, had on March 7, 2019, instituted a court case against the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kwara state, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, over the authenticity of the governorship candidate’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate.
The case with suit number KWS/73/2019 was assigned to a Kwara State High court presided by Justice Adenike Akinpelu while the court gave the APC governorship candidate, now governor-elect, 30 days to defend the authenticity of his WAEC certificate.
Meanwhile, the APC governor-elect, through his media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye, said that, “we are not aware of any such pending case nor a court order in Kwara state or anywhere in Nigeria”, described the court case as desperate propaganda of a dying dynasty.
“It is on record that AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq submitted his WAEC certificate for two previous elections — in 2011 and 2015. In the two instances, the INEC duly vetted his credentials and found them to be genuine. Nothing has changed”, he said.