The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has denied certificate forgery slur levelled against him and went to dredge up scandal about his arch rival in the upcoming governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Obaseki had been dragged before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja by Edobor Williams, Ugesia Godwin and Amedu Anakhu. The trio are seeking the court to disqualify the governor from participating in the said primary scheduled for June 22 on the ground that the first degree certificate he paraded was dodgy.
In apparent reaction to the suit and thinly veiled attack on Pastor Iyamu, Obaseki during a Thank You tour to APC principal officers and ward leaders in Oredo Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State said: “They say I forged my certificate. How can you forge the certificate of the University of Ibadan? I am not like those that burn buildings to cover up their certificate issues.”
The National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the governor are currently at loggerheads.
But while the going was good, the then governor backed Obaseki to succeed him and severally during the campaign told of how Pastor Iyamu, then the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, allegedly set fire to a building.
Oshiomhole claimed Iyamu’s alleged arson was a ploy to hoodwink the public and use the incident has an alibi for allegedly not having academic certificates.
The aspirant, according to Wikipedia, “He attended St. Joseph Primary School and Ebenezer Nursery and Primary School in Benin City. He had his Secondary education at Edo College the premier secondary school in Edo State and passed out with grade I in his West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations. He attended the University of Benin where he graduated with an LLB (Hons) and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he bagged the Bachelor of Law (BL)” .