…confirms his certificate as genuine
Authorities of the University of Ibadan, on Wednesday, confirmed the authenticity of the degree certificate of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, saying that he actually graduated from the country’s premier university.
UI in a statement by its Registrar, Mrs Olubunmi O Faluyi, confirmed that Obaseki studied Classics in the institution and graduated in 1979 in the Second Class (Honours) Lower division.
The statement read, “Mr Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, the Governor of Edo State, graduated from the University of Ibadan where he studied Classics.
“Obaseki gained admission to the University in 1976 and graduated in 1979 with a Second Class Honours, Lower Division.
“Records of his Admission and Graduation are intact in the archives of the University.”
Recall that the All Progressives Congress’ National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Obaseki, had on Tuesday, criticised each other over the UI first-degree certificate presented by the governor.
While inaugurating the APC’s screening and appeal committees for its members contesting governorship primary in Edo State, Oshiomhole had expressed doubt over the authenticity of Obaseki’s UI certificate.
Obaseki’s spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, however, challenged Oshiomhole to go and confirm the authenticity of the governor’s certificate at the UI.
He also challenged Oshiomhole to tell Nigerians the university he attended.
All efforts to resolve the feud between Obaseki and Oshiomhole in the past one year, have failed.
Expressing doubt about Obaseki’s UI degree certificate, the APC national chairman on Tuesday directed the screening committee to confirm it from the nation’s premier university
Oshiomhole had said, “Someone should approach the UI and end this matter once and for all. If the certificate Obaseki parades is that of the UI, find out how did he pass senate screening of those days? I’m aware that in those days when this man never dreamt of becoming a governor, every student, no matter your status or your family name, must pass the screening.
“It is done every third term at the UNN (University of Nigeria Nsukka), then we ran terminal not semester programme. The final screening was in the third year, before you go in for your final year.
“How comes the UI allowed him then. Did he do a remedial, which was not unlikely? These are questions. Many came in especially in education and linguistics, did remedial for one year and if the result was good, gained direct entry and graduated three years after.’’