Kwara State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ilorin has declared Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq qualified to contest the last governorship election in the state.
Delivering the judgement, Chairman of the tribunal Justice Bassey Effiong said that all documents and certificates presented by the respondents during the election were not forged, therefore the documents were applicable to the March Ninth election and subsequent elections to come.
Justice Effiong explained that the word Rahman is valid, noting that the assertion that the name written on the certificate did not start with Abdul is not a strong argument, hence Abdulrahman was qualified to contest as at the time of the election and had won the election having pulled majority of the vote.
In an interview with newsmen after the judgement, counsel to Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Kunle Kalejaiye, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, described the judgement as expected as the petitioners could not prove their case and even brought WAEC witness that demolished the case.
People’s Democratic Party governorship candidate, Rasaq Atunwa had challenged the authenticity of the West African Examination Council, WAEC, result presented by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq .
A witness presented by Counsel to PDP Rasaq Atunwa, a senior official from WAEC office in Ilorin, with confirmation through his Identity card, Victor Olorunshola had confirmed the authenticity of Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq examination result to the tribunal.
Similarly, counsel to APC, Akin Olujimi had also presented a former classmate of Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq at Government College, Kaduna, Mohammed Yaro, who also confirmed that the governor possesses genuine and authentic West African Examinations Council, WAEC, certificate written in June 1976 , noting that Abdulrahman was on seat numbered One Hundred and Nineteen while he was on One Hundred and Twenty two.