Governor Godwin Obaseki has reacted to his disqualification from participating in the upcoming June 22 governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State on the grounds of parading dodgy certificates.
The APC screen committee disqualified Obaseki citing holes in his National Youth Service Certificate and the testimonial of the Institute of Continuing Education Benin City he submitted as parts of his credentials.
The Panel chairman, Prof. Jonathan Ayuba said the governor was disqualified because of a defective Higher School Certificate.
He said the document Obaseki produced only attested to his attendance and not a certificate.
He also said the committee could not ascertain the authenticity of his National Youth Service Corps Discharge Certificate.
In a swift response, the governor ruled out challenging the verdict via a statement his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, released.
It reads: “It has been an unfortunate, disheartening, and dreadful spectacle.
“We had initially asserted that going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that Governor Godwin Obaseki would get a fair assessment in the run-up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.
“It is unfortunate that this open show of shame, illegality, and travesty of justice is the brand of democracy which Comrade Oshiomhole has reduced the APC into. The situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity, and social justice.
“We have, therefore, decided that it would be efforts in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be, especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.
“We wish Oshiomhole luck in his maladministration of the party and trust that the Almighty will help our country to find the path to true liberty, freedom, and justice.
“We call on all party members and the teeming supporters of Governor Obaseki to remain calm and await further directives.
“Long live Edo State. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”