- Governor Obaseki has reacted to the confirmation of his certificate by the University of Ibadan
- There had been a series of speculations flying around that the Edo state governor forged his certificate
- The management of the UI, however, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that Obaseki indeed graduated from the institution
The embattled governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, has reacted to the confirmation by the University of Ibadan that he graduated from the institution.
There had been a series of speculations flying around that the Edo state governor forged his certificate.
The speculations further gained prominence on Tuesday, June 9, when the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, spoke on the authenticity of the first-degree certificate presented by the governor.
While inaugurating the APC’s screening and appeal committees for its members contesting the governorship primary in Edo, Oshiomhole was quoted to have said: “Someone should approach the UI and end this matter once and for all.
"If the certificate Obaseki parades is that of the UI, find out how did he pass senate screening of those days? I’m aware that in those days when this man never dreamt of becoming a governor, every student, no matter your status or your family name, must pass screening.”
However, on Wednesday afternoon, June 10, the management of UI in a statement by its Registrar, Olubunmi Faluyi, confirmed that the governor graduated from the institution, adding that he studied Classics.
“Obaseki gained admission to the University in 1976 and graduated in 1979 with a Second Class Honours, Lower Division.
“Records of his Admission and Graduation are intact in the archives of the University,” Faluyi said.
In his reaction to the UI's confirmation of his studentship, Obaseki simply tweeted via his official Twitter handle: “Posterity will always vindicate the just.”
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki had earlier reacted to the allegation of the certificate forgery leveled against him by his supposed political enemies.
Obaseki, through his special adviser on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, described the hullabaloo over his certificates as baseless, unfounded and diversionary.
He charged those raising eyebrows over the certificates to approach the issuing institutions to verify the authenticity of the particulars.
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