Recently, Senator Andy Uba has been plagued by allegations that his West African Examinations Council certificate was forged. Uba, a member of the All Progressives Congress, having defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, has been accused by Victor Uwajeh, a private investigator and lawyer, of forging his WASSCE after claiming that the senator defaulted in paying his fees, which supposedly comes up to £1.9 million. Reverend Ifeanyi Eze, the Principal of Union Secondary School, Awkunanaw, Enugu, formerly known as Boys High School, Awkunanaw, has spoken on the controversy. Excerpts:
Is this Union Secondary School or Boys High School, Awkunanaw?
This is Union Secondary School, Awkunanaw, formerly known as Boys High School Awkunanaw. Any record with both names is valid.
Are you aware of the certificate scandal against Senator Andy Uba and the claim by Victor Uwajeh that his result from Union High School is fake?
I am fully aware of the certificate scandal and I have read in the news and social media that he has certificate bearing two names. The name of the school was formerly Union Secondary School, but was changed immediately after the war to Boys High School, Awkunanaw, Enugu. It was later changed back to Union Secondary School when churches were given back the permission to own and run schools.
Did Senator Uba attend this school?
I speak authoritatively that according to history, when Senator Andy Uba was here as a student, the former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamami, was the Senior Prefect. There are evidence that he was a student of this school. He was here with the likes of Senator Gilbert Nnaji and only him has the original certificate. Please use this medium to inform him that we need to feel his impact as an old boy of this school. This great school produced Senator Ken Nnamani, Senator Andy Uba, General Ndiefo and many other prominent Nigerians.
Did anyone approach you for Senator Uba’s record?
Yes, some people came to ask for his records, but I refused to give it out because it is unethical and against the law. They promised me huge money, but I said over my dead body. I can’t give out his record. The only person that has the sole right to get the record is Senator Andy Uba himself. If anyone wants his record they should go to WAEC. If I issue any record without his knowledge, it is a crime. I have known the Uba family for long. I was very close to their late mother while serving as a Parish Priest. Their mother loved me so much that she willed a car to me like a son. I know Senator Andy Uba as a quiet man though we were not close and I am sure he doesn’t know me either. His late mother was a good woman.
What do you know about Senator Uba?
Andy is my old boy. I will not disown him because he has not visited his alma matter. Let the world know that all information in the media about his certificate and other record was not gotten from Union Secondary School. No human has his record except he himself.