Two parties differ on Obaseki’s certificate
The state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dan Orbih, has called for investigation into the Ordinary Level result of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki.
Orbih alleged that Obaseki did not meet the minimum entry requirement into the University of Ibadan at the time he claimed he did.
The chairman said he strongly suspects forgery and therefore urged the appropriate authorities to investigate the claim.
Orbih made the allegation in Benin City at a forum on sports development in the state.
He alleged that Obaseki may have doctored his secondary school results to gain university admission.
“I have had Oshiomhole refer to him as a technocrat and the candidate himself has described himself as one.
“Here with me is the school certificate he used to gain admission to the University of Ibadan. In this result, he did not pass Economics, yet he calls himself head of economic team. In the same certificate, he made P7 in English and failed Mathematics.
”He claimed he entered the university the year he left secondary school. How could he have gained admission with such result? The result was not even good enough for any form of preliminary studies.
Orbih further alleged that, “Ithis can only mean that Obaseki forged the certificates to gain admission. It is obvious that the man has no academic qualifications as he had only three credits.”
Obaseki had last week said he had found the originals of his academic qualifications, after the PDP raised concerns over an affidavit he deposed to at an Abuja Federal High Court on June 7, 2016, where he stated that he lost the originals of his certificates
However, the coordinator of the Godwin Obaseki Campaign Organisation, Martins Osakue, described the PDP’s allegation as unimaginable, tasking journalists to verify Obaseki’s academic qualifications at the University of Ibadan.
He said some people make all kind of imaginable and unimaginable allegations just to cover up the fact that they are not marketable.
“Obaseki attended the University of Ibadan at a time cheating was alien to Nigeria’s academic system. Unless you are qualified, you cannot be admitted to the premier university that the University of Ibadan is.”
Osakwe, however, said the party will come up with a press statement on the matter later as the campaign progresses.