RECURRING controversy
about the educational
qualifications of candidates
anytime governorship
elections come up in Edo
State is rearing its ugly head
as the countdown begins to
September 10.
In 2012, the governorship
candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP,
General Charles Airhaivbere,
rtd, had said that all the
educational certificates
presented to the Independent
National Electoral
Commission, INEC, by
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
to contest the July 14, 2012
governorship election were
mere documents.
Airhiavbere, who was
challenging Governor
Oshiomhole’s election at
the State Election Petition
Tribunal, made this claim in
his evidence to close his case
at the Tribunal in an attempt
to prove that Oshiomhole
was not qualified to contest
the election.
Today, Airhaivbere is in the
governor’s party and lost the
party primaries to the man
who is now the candidate
of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, Mr. Godwin
Obaseki.
This week, Obaseki
described as frivolous,
mischievous and baseless
a statement credited to the
State PDP Chairman, Chief
Dan Osi Orbih, challenging
him to provide original
copies of his educational
credentials to the public.
He tasked Orbih and
members of the PDP in the
state to better face real issues
of politics in their campaign
for self exoneration from
years of grief and stagnation
which the state and its people
were subjected to during the
over 14 years of the PDPled
government rather than
resort to shadow chasing.
Obaseki, who spoke in a
telephone interview with
Nigerian Pilot in reaction
to Orbih’s statement, said
“Orbih and his people are
out to bring me down but I
assure them that I have my
certificates intact with all the various institutions that I
attended”.
Orbih had expressed worry
over claims by the APC
governorship candidate, in a
sworn affidavit, that he lost the
originals of all his academic
qualifications.
According to the affidavit
sworn to at an Abuja High
Court, Obaseki stated that he lost the originals
of his primary,
s e c o n d a r y ,
u n i v e r s i t y
and National
Youth Service
Corps, NYSC,
certificates at a
date that was
not given.
Dated June
7, Obaseki
said “that all
originals of
my above said
certificate are
kept in safe
custody in
my office but
unfortunately
during the
process of
relocating from
one office to
another, I misplaced the original
of the above said original
documents. What I have with
me now are photocopies of
the secondary school leaving
certificates, university leaving
certificates and NYSC discharge
certificate.”
However, the Edo State
PDP chairman declared that
the claims by Obaseki in the
affidavit were suspicious and
urged him to come clean on the
lost? Edo people deserve
a better explanation and
a more serious minded
person. Is it not disturbing
that the governor could not
produce his certificates and
has now brought a man,
who also cannot produce
his own certificates? I
challenge Oshiomhole,
Obaseki, Phillip Shuaibu
and Anslem Ojezua to show
their certificates. Pastor Ize-
Iyamu, John Yakubu and
myself will bring out our
certificates.”
According to Obaseki,
“Orbih should face issues
instead of resorting to
blackmail, stressing that
he was on a campaign tour
to Auchi in Etsako West
Council otherwise he would
have presented the copies
for thorough clarification on
the matter”.
However, Orbih has asked
Obaseki to explain to Edo
people how the educational
certificates he swore were
missing in the course of his
movements within Lagos in
Nigeria could have found
its way to New York in the
USA. He said the FBI should
investigate the submission of
Obaseki.
matter instead of playing on the
intelligence of Edo people.
“The reasons he advanced are
so flimsy and unconvincing.
There are many questions
begging for answers. The
affidavit does not contain the
locations of where he was
moving from and to or the state
where he lost the certificates.
“Did he report to the police
when he lost the certificates?
If it was reported at the time
they got missing, we want
him to tell us. One will expect
that he must have reported the
matter to the police. If he did,
why did he not attach a copy
of the police extract? We also
do not understand the choice
of an Abuja High Court. Did
he do that so that Edo people
will not know that he claimed
he lost his certificates? Is it
not unusual that someone
will keep his certificates in the
office? Since certificates are
private documents, one will
expect that they will be kept in
a private residence.
“We don’t want to have a
careless governor who will
misplace vital state document
and give flimsy excuses.
Edo State deserves a better
person. Who knows the next
thing he will claim to have


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