- UI has finally broken silence on the case of alleged certificate forgery in which Godwin Obaseki is involved
- The institution on Tuesday came as a witness and confirmed that the Edo state governor graduated in 1979
- While presenting exhibits, UI also maintained that Obaseki's certificate was not forged as contained in the plaintiff's defence
The University of Ibadan has finally cleared the controversy surrounding the credentials of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state after the institution presented his certificate to the court.
The Edo governor has been embroiled in certificate scandal after being dragged to the court by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its member, Edobor Williams, over alleged certificate forgery.
Obaseki opened his defence on Tuesday, January 6, with a senior official of UI, Abayomi Samuel Ajayi who is the deputy registrar (legal) in court to present documents, including the original copy of the Bachelor of Arts certificate issued to the governor in 1979, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Ajayi tendered as exhibits before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja relevant pages of UI calendar for 1976 and admission brochure for degrees.
Other exhibits tendered were the award of diplomas and certificates and Obaseki’s application for admission and another one for the collection of his certificate from the university.
The witness also stressed that the Edo state governor gained admission into the institution as a student in 1976 through the direct entry and graduated in 1979.
The case was adjourned till Wednesday, January 6, by Justice Mohammed for further hearing with the governor's camp getting the first assurance of victory in a case that has been said to be a distraction to Obaseki's second term reign.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Peters Osawaru Omoragbon, candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) at the concluded election, called for the annulment of the guber poll.
The Edo election was held on Saturday, September 19, across all the 18 local government areas in the state with the electorate coming out en mass to determine their fate for another four years.
Omoragbon urged INEC to cancel the election over what he termed as the illegal exclusion of his party’s logo and name on the ballot by the electoral commission.
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