Alhassan Isyaku, principal, Barewa College Zaria, Kaduna State, has confirmed that Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for Kogi governorship race, was a student of the school.
Faruk Adejoh-Audu, director of communications of Muritala Yakubu Ajaka Campaign Organisation, said in a statement at the weekend, that the college’s new position was in reaction to an earlier letter, in which the school was reported to have written in response to an inquiry to verify Muritala Yakubu’s history in the school.
The principal has apologised that there was a mix up in his earlier response to the inquiry.
In the letter addressed to Gabriel Aduku, chairman of the Kogi East Elders Forum, Isyaku said his earlier response was an error of omission.
“After additional investigation of our archived records, I confirm that Muritala Yakubu with registration number 14667, was a student of the college from 1996 to 1998,” the principal said.
However, he said that Muritala Yakubu did not sit for WAEC in 1998 in the college, hence the absence of his name in the 1998 WAEC gazette.
“I apologise for the error and we are available, should you need further clarifications,” Isyaku stated.
“The Muritala Yakubu Ajaka Campaign Organization wishes to assure all our teeming supporters that there is indeed no cause for alarm.
“The error of omission by the school was as a result of the fact that the original inquiry was couched to verify the WAEC certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which Ajaka never said emanated from the school.
“Rather, it was an external GCE certificate issued directly to the candidate by the examination council.
“The public is therefore urged to disregard the campaign of calumny by desperate individuals based on the earlier erroneous communications,” Adejoh-Audu explained.
Muritala Yakubu Ajaka is the gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the November 11, 2023 governorship election in Kogi State .