Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on Sunday lifted the lid on the controversy surrounding his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate, saying at no point did he contemplate forging a document for any purpose.
Exuding confidence that he would soon silence those bent on dragging his name in the mud, the deputy governor told journalists that allegations had been in the public domain even before he was nominated as running mate to the new governor of Bayelsa, Duoye Diri, in the 2019 governorship election.
Ewhrudjakpo, who spoke through his counsel, Clement Bibisa Kekemeka, admitted to an error in his NYSC exemption certificate but quickly laid the blame on the corps authority whom he said, erroneously spelt his surname.
He said: “Sometimes in 2019 preparatory to the National Assembly elections, and specifically that of Bayelsa West Senatorial District, which Senator Ewrudjakpo represented until he was sworn in as deputy governor; one Ibisene Afamkolo took him to the Federal High Court and commenced a suit by way of originating summons accusing him of presenting a forged NYSC exemption certificate.
“While dealing with that matter, being a pre-election matter; at a point, it became status barred having exceeded the period of 180 days within which it ought to have been dispensed with by virtue of the provision of the 1999 Constitution.