WAJIR—The governor of Wajir County has denied claims by county leaders that he is behind his oppenent’s degree saga.
Ahmed Abdullahi said he has no business setting up his opponents, adding that he was busy with reelection bid.
“I have not and will never be part of such a blackmail,” Ahmed said in a talkshow at Wajir Community Radio.
“I want people to know that I cannot do such a thing to my brother Mohamed Abdi. I have no control over the institutions that issue academic certificates,” he expalained.
A Wajir resident has petitioned the electoral commission to nullify the nomination of Mohamed Abdi Mohamud.
Abdirahman Mohamed Abdille, a voter in the county wanted the IEBC nominations dispute resolution committee to nullify the Jubilee governor on the grounds that he lacks a university degree.
He later denied that he called for such an action at a press conference in Nairobi. He disowned an affidavit he filed at a Ugandan Court, saying his signature was forged.
Four MPs from the county (Jubilee) now blame the incumbent Ahmed Abudullahi (ODM) of sponsoring the affidavit to discredit the Jubilee candidate.
They are Aden Keynan (Eldas), Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi (Wajir East), Mohamed Elmi (Tarbaj), Ibrahim Saney (Wajir North).
In the affidavit, Abdirahman claimed that Kampala University has not awarded Mohamed Abdi a degree in Business Administration in 2012.
“I am aware that the respondent is not qualified to contest the position of county governor as he does not meet the threshold…This is because the respondent does not hold a degree,”Abdirahman Mohamed said in the retracted affidavit.