Edo State Governor and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 19 election in the state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has obtained a new discharge certificate from the National Youth Service Corps with number A 004280695.
Independent National Electoral Commission in Edo State had late Thursday displayed the forms of the 14 governorship candidates that will contest for the election at the commission’s secretariat in Benin City.
At the INEC office, Benin, it was observed on Friday that Governor Obaseki’s new discharge certificate was issued on June 19, and attached with a memo entitled, ‘Re-correction of name and re-issuance of my certificate of national service.’ It was signed on behalf of the Director-General by Mrs K.N Okonofua.
According to the memo, “We refer to your letter referenced OEG/ABJ/99/VOL.IV/172 dated 18th June 202, on the above subject matter
“I am directed to inform you that after the investigation, the management of the National Youth Service has approved a new certificate of National Service reflecting the surname OBASEKI be produced as earlier certificate number 063107 dated 6th August 1980 has been cancelled due to an error in the surname OBASEK.
“Accept the assurances of the Director-General’s regard.”
Recall that the Screening Committee of Obaseki’s former party, All Progressives Congress, disqualified him from contesting the Edo State party primary over alleged discrepancies in his credentials.
On INEC’s notice board, Obaseki filled West African School Leaving Certificate, 1973, and Bachelor of Arts, 1979, as his qualifications.
Candidate of the APC, Pastor Osegie Ize-Iyamu, who is his major contender in the forthcoming election, has his highest qualification as LLB from the University of Benin.