The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has cried out that the Bayelsa State Deputy Governor-elect, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, whose certificate scandal cost the All Progressives Congress (APC) the governorship seat in the state is on the verge of committing suicide.
Sylva, who stated this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, described the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court as unfair.
He added that the matter should not have been treated in the manner it was handled, as it was not a criminal case.
He said, “I’m dealing with a former deputy governor that is on the verge of committing suicide. Every day I had to call to find out that he hasn’t done anything to himself.
“If someone said you forged your certificate and you have built your life and integrity and someone all of a sudden brings everything down, that can lead to suicide.”
He stressed that if the case brought before the court challenged the authenticity of the certificate of a candidate, that is a different one "but if you say it is a case of forgery and you have not heard from the person concerned, then you have not established anything."
He further said, “You haven’t gone to school or university where this person studied to confirm the veracity of the allegation but you already condemn the person, it’s is very sad and dangerous.”