How a man, who died more than four years ago, signed an affidavit for his son, who is now the councillorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ward 8, Urhonigbe town, in the local government election slated for Saturday in Edo State, is now generating ripples after an alarm was raised to the alleged forgery.
In a petition read before journalists in Benin City and a copy made available to Nigerian Tribune, solicitors to Mr Okunbor Ikponmwosa, one of the candidates that was defeated by Osaretin Okunkpolor, the ACN candidate, are accusing the latter of forgery because his father, who died in September 13, 2008, signed an affidavit containing his age declaration this year.
To prove their case, lead solicitor to Ikponmwosa, Barrister Paul Osarenkhoe, displayed to journalists an invitation card that was signed by Okunkpolor Osaretin, inviting people to his father’s burial that took place on November 8, 2008. He added that the case has been taken to a Benin High Court, saying that “sometime on or about January 25, 2013, one Mr Osaretin Okunkpolor falsely prepared an affidavit of age declaration which gave the impression that his father was the deponent of the said affidavit even when he knew quite well that his father was dead and buried as far back as the 13th of September, 2008.
“Relying upon the said forged document, the said Osaretin went ahead to fill a certain form EDSIEC, ‘M’ which is required for seeking election to councillorship position in a local government council election in Edo State to which the said false affidavit of age declaration was attached.”