Mr. Nse Bassey Ekpenyong, a member of the House of Representatives (Oron Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State) is a certificate forger and perjurer.Evidence in possession revealed that Ekpeyong, who won election into the federal legislature in 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), did not attend the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, as he claimed in the affidavit in support of his personal particulars, which he deposed to at the Akwa Ibom State High Court, Uyo, on December 15 2014.
Attached to the affidavit, which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was a fake statement of result and certificate suggesting that he bagged an Ordinary National Diploma in Business Administration from the institution in 2011.
Ekpeyong, who claimed to have gained admission (Matric no. NDE/3829/BA) into the school in 2009, has, however, been exposed as a liar.
The authorities of the institution have stated that the diploma and statement of result Ekpeyong submitted to INEC were not issued by the institution. Ekpeyong’s statement of result, bearing the signature of one Ada Ukaegbe and dated November 222012, ascribe to him a CGPA of 3.12, indicating he graduated with an upper credit. His cooked up certificate was also signed on the same day.
A civil society group had petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission , alleging that Ekpeyong had presented forged papers.
Both agencies had written to the institution, requesting confirmation of the papers presented. They also wrote to INEC demanding Ekpeyong’s affidavit in support of his personal particulars. These were supplied by the electoral commission.
The petitioners had also alleged that Ekpenyong fraudulently obtained salaries, allowances, and other financial benefits through his invented educational qualification.