Ganiyu Audu, Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC has described the question marks raised about the authenticity of his name by the Action Democratic Party (ADP) as mere propaganda.
Audu’s name has been a subject of scrutiny in recent days with some court processes seen on social media, as his name is said to have been changed.
Responding to the allegations, Audu’s Head of Media and Communications, Mohammed Mamudu said:
“The attention of Mallam Abudu Ganiyu AUDU, the deputy-governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a court process trending on social media, challenging his eligibility to participate in the Edo state gubernatorial elections scheduled to hold on the 19th of September 2020.
“Mallam Abudu Ganiyu AUDU is not distracted by this mischievous propaganda as the APC legal team has responded to the matter adequately. Consequently, we urge all our Party members and supporters to remain focused and ignore the propaganda as the court action is dead on arrival.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the name of our principal is Abudu Ganiyu AUDU and this is the name on all the documents he has submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
There had been a case filed by the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the Federal High Court Abuja. ADP asked the court to disqualify Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu from running in the Edo 2020 governorship election over alleged defective certificates by his running mate, Audu.
In the report which was published by Vanguard, there were documents shown to have had different names on them, an allegation Audu has since denied.
The APC Legal team in its reaction to the allegations by the ADP said: “Our attention has been drawn to the recent outlandish, malicious, false narrative deliberately circulated in mainstream and social media to the effect that Mallam Abudu Ganiyu Audu gave false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to aid his qualification for the Governorship election scheduled for 19th September, 2020. We wish to categorically state that nothing can be farther from the truth,” the statement read.
“The name description of Abudu Ganiyu Audu contained on his educational qualifications submitted to INEC for the said election correctly belongs to him and in some cases are abbreviations or synonyms of his name. Even at that, those abbreviations and synonyms have been validly reconciled with his name vide the appropriate instruments duly issued by the relevant court as prescribed by the Supreme Court In Appeal No. SC/1/2020, PDP VS. Eremienyo & 3 ORS.”
The team said those peddling the stories should focus on the PDP candidates and their pending suits on their qualification to contest in the elections.