The Deputy-Governor of Bayelsa, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo after being dragged to court on the charges of forged certificates has come out to claim that he did not present a fake certificate for his election application.

He explained that the certificate of NYSC exemption had an error in the spelling of his name of which he has lodged a complaint for the reversal of the error.

He said the National Youth Service Corps has however, acted on his request and issued another certificate with the right spelling of his name.

He made this disposition through his lawyer, Mr. Clement Kekemeke during the press briefing in Abuja on Sunday.

Kekemeke said, “The position of my client is that he never forged NYSC exemption certificate”. The copy issued was given by the issuing authorities in question and they have confirmed their error by re-issuing a correct version. even before he ran for senate in February 2019, he had earlier written to NYSC for a change to that effect. After the certificate was rejected by the senate, he had since followed up on the issue”. He explained further that the certificate cannot be said to be forged since the institution has attested to their mistake.

Recall that the All Progrewssives Congress stakeholder, Mr. Benjamin Youndiowei, had filed a suit against the deputy governor of the state on the allegation that he(Ewhrudjakpo) forged his certificates to enable him run as the deputy of Douye Diri of Bayelsa state.

This allegation against Ewhrudjakpo seem like the same dose of medicine that was given the sacked deputy of David Lyon.

However, the state governor, Douye Diri has affirmed his trust in his deputy over the matter.

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