The Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, on Friday, described allegations that he cast his educational certificates as an orchestrated plot to tarnish his picture.
Kalu, who represents Bende Federal Constituency of Abia state, said this in an announcement in Abuja.
He was reacting to an alleged certificates forgery and impersonation go well with filed towards him by one Okechukwu Ezeala.
Ezeala had in a go well with at an Umuahia High Court, presided over by Justice O.A. Chijioke requested the courtroom to sack Kalu over alleged certificates forgery and impersonation as a result of he didn’t do a authorized identify change earlier than contesting the election.
He had initially filed the stated go well with at an Abuja High Court within the 12 months 2000, however was rejected.
Other defendants within the go well with No. HU/265/2020, included the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the Speaker, House of Representatives.
In the originating summons, Ezeala alleged that Kalu’s main and secondary college certificates had irregularities, saying the surnames on his certificates are utterly totally different from his present names.
While reacting to the go well with, Kalu expressed optimism that he could be vindicated on the matter.
He stated, “As a lawyer, I should have confidence in our judicial system and they have not failed me previously. They won’t start now. It is sub-judicial to begin to discuss the content of the matter in detail. Let’s be patient and allow the court to take a position on this.
“I have my eyes on the ball, it does not matter how threatened they are. I am going for the goal and not perturbed at all. They know this, that’s why they are paying all media platforms to discuss my simple change of name as illegal. The last time I checked, it is within my right to choose on how to be addressed and to document it legally as prescribed by law. So, because I changed my surname, it makes my certificates forged certificates. Quite laughable.
“They should throw more dirts on me. I was prepared for this and it took 17 years in the kitchen. If you hate the heat then leave the kitchen. I signed for this and they should keep bringing it on. Bende must be great.”