Benin City - The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 10 Edo State governorship election, Godwin Obaseki, has finally found the originals of his missing academic qualifications, reports NewsDay.
The certificates were found in the United States of America.
The missing certificates has raised contention as to the eligibility of Obaseki to contest the election.
The missing certificate has created tension between his party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The state chapter of PDP had, on Monday expressed worries over an affidavit sworn to by Obaseki at an Abuja High Court stating that he lost his academic qualifications while moving his office from one place to another, reports News 24.
The party declared that the claims by Obaseki in the affidavit were suspicious calling on Obaseki to come clean on the matter instead of playing on the intelligence of Edo people.
But in a swift reaction to the PDP allegations, the Deputy Director in charge of communication, media and publicity of the Godwin Obaseki Campaign Organisation, Greg Ogiogwa, said the affidavit was self explanatory and that the PDP was only trying to make something out of nothing.
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However, speaking on Wednesday at an interactive session organised by civil societies for governorship candidates in Edo State, Obaseki said he did not remember where he kept the the originals of his certificates since he had any reason to look for them in the last 25 years.
He noted that when he needed them for his party's primary election and he couldn't find them, he swore to an affidavit that he can’t find the originals.
He added that his cousin in the US later told him that the certificates are with them.
“I took the photocopies to the institutions that issued them and they certified the photocopies. So, when the whole controversy started raging, my cousin called me from New York and said, ‘but your originals are here.’ I said please send them to me now.”
- News 24