Alleged Certificate Scandal: Bernard Udoh Exonerates Self …Accuses Ini Ekpo of Certificate Forgery …I Have My Genuine Certificates – Ini Ekpo


Contrary to recent media report alleging that a former Member of House of Representatives who represented Ikot Abasi/Mkpat Enin/Eastern Obolo Federal Constituency, Mr. Bernard Udoh has no genuine academic certificates, the man at the centre of the allegation has strongly dismissed the allegation, describing it as “baseless, unfortunate and handiwork of his detractors”, maintaining that the brain behind the falsehood was simply envious of his consistent successes and recent nomination to represent the Federal Constituency in the National Assembly. He also contended that the principal aim of the futile allegation was to blackmail or smear his hard-earned reputation by those whom he said were sponsored by his political enemies.
It would be recalled that in a petition written by a source who claimed to be very close to Bernard Udoh to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, it was alleged that Mr. Bernard Udoh has been using fake certificates for all his previous political engagements;
hence the prayer of the petition was that the State Security should investigate him. Accordingly, it was gathered that the police had invited Bernard Udoh for interrogation.
However, in a swift response to the allegation during an interaction with the press in his Uyo residence, Bernard Udoh pointedly mentioned one Barr. Ini Ekpo as the paymaster who misled and sponsored one Mr. Akrasi to write the said petition that he said was grossly inconsequential. Further checks have revealed that Barr. Ini Ekpo had contested the Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency ticket with Mr. Bernard but lost to him.
Literally presenting originals and photocopies of all his credentials to journalists, including his NYSC Exemption Certificate, the three-term National Assembly Law-maker in a statement he personally signed, stated that he was not altogether surprised by such antics especially now that he stands a chance to return to the National Assembly for a record fourth time. He therefore challenged his opponent operating behind the curtain to come out with proof of forgery. Part of the statement read, “My credentials are intact. I challenge my opponent to come out with proof of forgery as I have never presented sworn affidavit as my certificate”.
However, in an interesting twist of counter-allegation, Mr. Bernard Udoh claimed that Barr. Ini Ekpo did not have the basic entry requirement to have qualified him to read Law in the University. He said that to the best of his knowledge, Barr. Ini Ekpo did not have credit in subjects like Literature, Government and Bible Knowledge; hence it still remains a mystery how he got admission into the University.
A section of the fresh allegation read , “From facts at my disposal, I discovered that you graduated as a Science Student at your secondary school level, but what is not clear is how and why you swapped to study Law which its entry qualification is a combination of Arts subjects”. Bernard Udo further disclosed that, for all he knows, Barr. Ini Ekpo has been using sworn affidavit as his credentials as a contrived cover-up for all the jobs he has been getting, instead of certified true copy of his credentials. He therefore challenged him to come out and defend himself.
However, in a phone chat with Barr. Ini Ekpo on the veracity or otherwise of the allegations, he stated that everything authored by Mr. Bernard Udo was false because he possesses authentic copy of all his academic credentials and will be ready to present same to anybody as proof. He then advised Mr. Bernard Udoh to stop insulting him or smearing his clean personality with useless allegations.



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