The University of Cape Coast has written to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to cause the arrest and prosecution of Alex Blankson, its parliamentary candidate for Akrofrom in the Ashanti for peddling a fake university certificate from the university.
But the University of Cape Coast wrote back to say that per their records, nobody by name Alex Blankson ever studied there and was awarded a BSc degree in Social Science.
In fact that certificate presented by the embattled parliamentary candidate is ascribed to a different person. In a May 9, 2020 response to the NPP Research and Elections Officer in Akrofuom-Ashanti Region, the university registry stated explicitly that “Our records do not indicate that Mr. Alex Blankson was ever a student of this University.
The confirmation written by Jeff Teye Onyame, the Deputy Registrar in Charge of Academics at the University of Cape Coast recommended the parliamentary candidate to be arrested for fraud.
“The certificate numbered 071187 submitted by Mr. Blankson was, in fact, issued to one Mr. George Wryter, a past student of the University of Cape Coast who completed his programme of study, Bachelor of Arts (Economics), on 22nd May 2009. We should be grateful if Mr. Blankson is arrested to assist with investigations into how he came by the fake certificate,” the Registrar wrote.
Apparently, the NPP had written to the university to verify the alleged certificate of the parliamentary aspirant and has received such an unequivocal response.
It is unclear what step the NPP will take as it has just concluded its parliamentary primaries across the country.
Political watchers think the exposure has dire consequences for the NPP in the Akrofrom constituency, including discrediting its parliamentary candidate for the area, with the general elections in December barely five months away.
Meanwhile, Mr. Blankson is frantically rallying party supporters in the constituency to go out en-masse to register in the new voter’s register.