Contrary to the affidavit he swore to at the Federal High Court, Abuja, claiming to have lost original copies of his educational certifications, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the September 10 Edo State governorship election, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday disclosed that he has found the documents.
Speaking on Wednesday at an interactive session organised by a civil society group for governorship candidates in Edo State, Obaseki said he got a call from a relative that his missing academic qualifications were somewhere in the United States.
The state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Dan Orbih had at a campaign rally in Benin City on Monday expressed worries over Obaseki’s affidavit claiming he lost them while moving his office from one place to another, saying the reasons adduced by Obaseki were flimsy and unconvincing.
Obaseki said, “I have found them. The truth is that I have not had any reason to look for them in the last 25 years. I know that I kept them somewhere in a safe box and I had photocopies”.
“When I needed them for the exercise, I couldn’t find them, so I swore to an affidavit that I can’t find the originals. I said I can’t find them; here are the photocopies. I took the photocopies to the institutions that issued them and they certified the photocopies. So when the whole controversy started raging, my cousin called me from New York and said, ‘but your originals are here.’ I said please send them to me now.”
Obaseki, who was the only governorship candidate that attended the interactive session, used the oppourtunity to highlight his programmes, promising to industrialise Edo State by attracting investors to the state, redesign the academic curriculum by creating more technical schools and focus more on the non-oil sector.
He said, “I have dealt with investors in the last 19 years of my life and I know how they think. Without security and manpower, they won’t come. We will provide these basics. I have the capacity, training and wherewithal to develop Edo State.”
Speaking during the session, the President of the Network of Civil Societies of Nigeria, NOCSON, in Edo State, Comrade Abraham Oviawe, noted that governance in the 21st century should not focus on road construction and other primary responsibilities of government, but a leadership that thinks outside of the box to create jobs for unemployed youths.

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