- The truth is finally out about the university certificate of Governor Godwin Obaseki
- The PDP in Edo has admitted that there was an error in the governor's certificate
- The ruling party explained that Obaseki mistakenly filled in 1976 as his graduation year which was actually when he was admitted
After many litigations from some opposition parties in Edo, especially the Action Democratic Party (ADP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has admitted that there is an error in the certificate of the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki.
The PDP said that there was actually a mistake in Obaseki’s admission and graduation years because the governor by way of error filled in 1976 as the year of graduation, which was originally the year of his admission into the University of Ibadan (UI), The Nation reports.
The party explained that when Obaseki was completing his Form CF001 in 2016, he deposed to an affidavit, saying "he had misplaced the originals of all his certificates, while changing offices, with the intention to apply for a re-issuance of the certificates."
However, the ruling party in Edo, replying the ADP noted that the governor, despite the error, still went through the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
“Subsequently, before Obaseki submitted his Form EC9 in 2020, the original certificate issued by UI was found, which has the signatures of then Vice-Chancellor and Registrar...
“The tribunal lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the petition because it is statute-barred; the issues raised by the petitioners are averments which are not relevant in determining the petition…”
Earlier, Obaseki had reacted to the allegation of the certificate of forgery levelled 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.
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