PDP admits error in Obaseki’s certificate

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THE (PDP) has admitted the error in Edo Godwin University of Ibadan (UI) certificate.

blamed the photocopying machine for the error.

The error disqualified from seeking a second term on the platform of the All ().

A petition by the Action Democratic (ADP) and its governorship candidate, Iboi Emmanuel, accused of forgery, giving false information and perpetuating malpractices.

The prayed the tribunal to disqualify Obaseki for his controversial first degree certificate and nullify the votes cast for him. also prayed the tribunal to order the to conduct a fresh election, involving other qualified candidates, but excluding PDP and Obaseki.

But PDP, in its reply to ADP and Emmanuel on Tuesday, said there was a mix- in Obaseki’ admission and graduation year.

The also admitted that despite the error, Obaseki observed the mandatory (NYSC) scheme. added that the petition was incompetent and statute barred, describing as a pre-election matter ‘which the tribunal could entertain’.

It said: “While filling the forms for the election in 2016, Obaseki mistakenly filled in 1976 as the year of graduation, which was actually the year of his admission into UI.

“At the time Obaseki was completing his Form CF001 in 2016, he deposed to an affidavit, saying he had misplaced the originals of all his certificates, while changing offices, with the intention to apply for a re-issuance of the certificates.

“Subsequently, before Obaseki submitted his Form EC9 in 2020, the original certificate issued by UI was found, which has the signatures of then Vice Chancellor and Registrar. The original certificate was issued in A5 size. However, in order for the photocopy to be attached to the Form CF001, the size was reduced to A4 and in the process, leaving out some information on it.

“The tribunal lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the petition because it is statute barred; the issues raised by the petitioners are averments which are relevant in determining the petition…”