The crisis within the Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress seems not to be ending anytime soon as the date for the governorship primaries draws closer.
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday, attacked each other over the first-degree certificate presented by Obaseki from the University of Ibadan.
The former governor of Edo State during the inauguration of the party’s screening and appeal committees for the Edo State governorship primary expressed doubt over the authenticity of Obaseki’s UI certificate.
Oshiomhole 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 the 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.”
Obaseki, however, in a statement released through his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, challenged Oshiomhole to go and confirm the certificate of the Governor at the UI.
He also called on the National Chairman of APC to tell Nigerians the university he attended.
Osagie, said, “The University of Ibadan is perhaps the most reputable university in Africa. The University of Ibadan awarded a BA degree in Classical Studies to his excellency the governor as far back as 1979. The university is still there. If anybody feels the certificate is not credible why doesn’t the person go there to verify?
“Why are we just seeing this only in the media? Bear in mind that the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, was among an elite corps of illustrious alumni of the university people to deliver a national alumni lecture in August 2018. Do you think such an institution will call someone who is not an alumnus to deliver such a lecture?”
Describing the allegations as baseless, he said, “We have said before, these allegations are baseless and come to think of it, which university did (Adams) Oshiomhole attend to know what the admission process is like? The responsibility of setting guidelines for admission into a university rests on the Senate of the institution. The lecturers who taught the governors are still alive and the institution is still there.”
The Edo State Governor also reacted to the Oshiomhole’s claims that the NWC would have a final say on Obaseki and others on the certificates and other issues.
Osagie while reacting to the statement said the governor Obaseki believes in the rule of law.
He said, “Our reaction is simple. We are not like Oshiomhole who is the judge and executioner. We believe in the prevalence of the rule of law. For us, that is more important than what one individual says.”
“As we have always said, Oshiomhole has not hidden the fact that he has an ‘axe to grind’ with Governor Obaseki, but our hope is in the fact that our party is a law-abiding party. Our party is one that abides by its constitution and we believe that the constitution does not put all the powers in the hands of one man. On the strength of that, we know we are going to prevail.”