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2020 Election: Obaseki in Certificate Scandal

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki might be in a scandal that could rob him of his second chance of leading the state for another four years if proven to be true.

According to the Edo State former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dan Orbih, the West African Examinations Council, WEAC, certificate Obaseki claimed to have gotten in 1973 might be a forged one.

It would be recalled that Obaseki had on June 7, 2016, sworn an affidavit at the Federal High Court, in Abuja, over claims that he lost the original copies of all his school certificates. The governor has however after the PDP raised concerns over the affidavit, stated that he has found his lost credentials.

Orbih, raised the issue of the certificate scandal while speaking to newsmen in Benin, the state capital. According to him, the true WAEC result Obaseki got after leaving school could not have gotten him an admission at the University of Ibadan where he was said to have studied Classics.

The former PDP Chairman noted that Obaseki had only three credits in Religious Knowledge (C6), History (A3), and Geography(C6), making him graduate in the third division.

He went ahead to claim that the Governor failed in other subjects, both the ones he failed to include in the affidavit and the ones he was able to reveal.

According to Orbih, Obaseki had P7 in English and Literature in English and P8 in Chemistry. He added that he decided to hide the grades he got in mathematics, Biology and Economics because he was too ashamed of showing them to the world.

While speaking in Benin about Obaseki’s WEAC result, he brought a photocopy of the affidavit which he showed to newsmen. “He claimed he entered university the very year he left secondary school. How could he have gained admission with such result? This can only mean that Godwin Obaseki forged certificate to gain admission to the University of Ibadan.”

The PDP chieftain who said Obaseki might not be eligible to recontest the Edo State governorship seat, called for an investigation into certificate scandal to avoid what he called “another case of Chicago or Toronto” forged certificate in the state.

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