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Published On: Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014

Delta LGA Election: Okwagbe Councillorship Aspirant, Kwode in Trouble over Certificate Racket


LAGOS JULY 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-The dream of a Councillorship aspirant, Charles Kwode to seek election for the position of Councilor for the fourth consecutive times to represent Jeremi Ward 6 in Okwagbe, Ughelli South LGA, Delta State seems to be at jeopardy over alleged certificate forgery, impersonation and perjury.
A petition signed by Mr Jacob Onoriode made available to Urhobotoday has accused Charles Kwode of not possessing a primary school certificate which is the constitutional recommended prerequisite for contesting for the position of a councilor.
Onoriode in the petition titled, “ Stop the Impersonator, Hon Charles B Kwode from Contesting from Further Profiting from his Perjury” in which The Deputy Governor Of Delta State, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), The PDP Chairman, Delta State Chief (Barr.) Peter Nwaoboshi, The PDP Chairman, Ughelli South LGA Hon. Chief Francis Aguonigho (JP), The Senior Adviser to the Governor on Foreign Relation
Hon. Oma Djebah and PDP Chairman, Jeremi Ward 3 Chief Moses Semiteje were copied, accused Charles Kwode of using the primary school certificate of his brother, Mr. Peter Kwode to contest election for the position of a councilor.
According to the petitioner, “It is true that Hon. Charles Kwode attended Okwagbe Primary School, Okwagbe, the same time with his brother, Mr. Peter Kwode. However, while Peter Kwode completed his 6 years in the primary school, Charles Kwode dropped out of school in primary four and left for training as a mechanic.
“When subsequently the political race was thrown open, Charles B. Kwode decided to contest for councillorship. With his deficiency staring him in the face, he chose the path of impersonation by using his brother’s (Peter’s) First School leaving Certificate.”
The petitioner pointed out that B. Kwode compounded his problem with perjury when he knowingly deposed to an affidavit that Charles B. Kwode is the same person as Peter Kwode.
The petitioner who enjoined the Delta Central Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Screening Committee to verify from Okwagbe Primary School were B Kwobe dropped out in primary four, disclosed that the victim has used his brother primary school certificate to contest and win election as a councilor in three good occasions in recent past.
“After all this, one would have thought that the wisest thing for Hon. Charles B. Kwode to do is to take a bow rather than arrogating to himself the right to monopolize the councillorship position for Okwagbe waterside.
““It is unimaginable and incomprehensible that in this age and time where we have scores of Okwagbe indigenes graduating from the Universities and Polytechnics yearly, Okwagbe waterside will still be represented by an illiterate,” the petitioner lamented, adding that it is of common knowledge that Hon. Charles B. Kwode can neither read a sentence nor write.
“The screening committee or any other panel can easily verify by conducting a simple one minute test for Hon. Charles B. Kuode. To clear any form of doubt, the panel can simply ask him to write in a piece of paper why he wants to contest for the councillorship seat for the 4 fourth time,” the petitioner, Jacob Onoriode, who resides at Idjogun Quarters, Okwagbe Waterside, Okwagbe demanded.
Continuing, he said, “For such a person to continue to impose or be imposed on us because of the amount of money available to him or the wherewithal of his sponsors is a taboo, an aberration and a slight on the intellectual elite of Okwagbe community and a major setback in the quest for Okwagbe political emancipation and development.
“PDP must present a credible candidate to have a free and fair election. The PDP umbrella should not be used as a platform to breed illegality and corruption. The time to stop it is now.”
When contacted on telephone, B Kwobe who had represented Okwagbe Waterside thrice as Councilor denied the allegations.
Kwobe who described the action of the petitioner as an attempt to destroy his image so as to scuttle his councillorship ambition told URHOBOTODAT that he was initially known as Charles, adding that he later changed his name to Peter Kwobe.
“I swore an affidavit in 2004 when I changed my name from Charles to Peter. Mr Ovie was my primary six teacher. One, Mr Dafe also taught me in primary five,” Charles Kwobe affirmed, just as he threatened that he would sue the petitioner to court for defamation of character.

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