The embattled senator, who addressed journalists in Abuja, also asked the
police to vet his credentials. He lamented that the apex court judgment had
left him greatly traumatised and in distress.
He said, “The aim of this press conference is to defend my reputation which
the Justices of the Supreme Court, whether consciously or unconsciously,
subjected to scurrilous scandal, assault and unfair imputation.
“Let me state that some of my primary school teachers are still alive: Chief
Eredogiyo Watson, Chief Allen Obebe-Orukari and Susan Otiotio.
“Let me also state in clear and graphic terms that I attended two secondary
“First, Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema, Rivers State where some of my
classmates were Harrison Braide, Tombo Douglas, Ferdinand Amabebe:
Professor Owunari George Will, Justice Biobele Georgewill, Chief David Briggs
and Alpheus Otta and some of my teachers were Mr Wamarte and Mrs Humbly,
Mr Frank etc.
“All my academic certificates are in the public domain. Whether they are
genuine or forged are verifiable matters.
“If these certificates exist and have not been altered in any manner, it would
mean they are genuine. The next enquiry would then be if the names appearing
thereon belong to me or belong to some other persons.”
“If no other persons can be found who claim the names in the certificates then
they are mine.”
“Judges including justices of the Supreme Court are free to request law enforcement
agencies to investigate persons who appear before them as to the commission or
otherwise of crimes.”
“All the educational qualifications I presented to the Independent National
Electoral Commission to aid my constitutional qualification were acquired by me
personally from institutions here in Nigeria which are still in existence till date.
The records are verifiable anytime and any day here in Nigeria.”