The waters of 2016 Edo State governorship election is presently murky for the All Progressives Congress [APC] candidate, Godwin Obaseki following allegations of certificate forgery.
It could be recalled that Obaseki had presented an affidavit to the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] claiming that his certificate was missing.
Nigerians, however, heaved sigh of relief when he announced to the world that the certificates which he claimed to have lost have, indeed, been found.
The certificates, he claimed, were found in faraway United States of America.
While playing host to members of civil society organisations in Edo State on Wednesday, August 17, Obaseki, who looked visibly relieved, gave the testimony:
“My certificate was missing in Lagos during this period so I had to get a sworn affidavit and all the institutions I attended acknowledged that I attended the schools.
“However, while the mischief makers in the PDP raised the alarm because they have nothing else to talk about me, my brother in New York read about it and called me to say Godwin your original certificate is here with me.
“I said, ‘oh my God, please send it down’. So I have found it.
“These guys are intimidated by my qualifications; that is why they are running up and down.”
However, in a latest twist f development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dragged Obaseki before the Federal High Court in Benin City over alleged forgery and perjury.
PDP, in the suit lodged in the early hours of Tuesday, is claiming that the certificate presented by Obaseki was actually forged.
PDP is, therefore, seeking his disqualification barely four days to the gubernatorial election coming up on September 10, 2016.
Edo State Chairman of PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, had earlier asked Mr. Obaseki to publicly display to Edo people the original copies of his educational certificates.
To that he declined, saying he was still expecting them from the US city of New York.
In a statement signed by the state publicity secretary of the PDP, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, in Benin City, Orbih dared Obaseki to go on air and use any of the many television stations in the state to publicly display the certificates.
He, alternatively, dared him to do so during his campaigns for the world to see that he actually went to school as he claims.
He said the time lapse between when Obaseki said he got a call from his relative in New York and now – over three weeks – was enough for him to have received the documents if he actually had them.
He also said Obaseki should come out of his shell and tell the whole truth about his educational certificates. Play best io games at iogames.center site.
Orbih then stated that his failure to do so is proof that he has had no plans for Edo people and did not deserve to be elected governor.
It could as well be recalled that PDP had, last year, sought the disqualification of the then APC candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari over similar alleged certificate forgery.
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