Edo Guber: PDP Drags Obaseki To Court Over University Graduation Claim

The Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a case at the Federal High Court Benin, seeking the disqualification of the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Godwin Obaseki over his claim of graduating from University of Ibadan in 1976.

This is coming in less than 5 days to the state’s governorship election.

The party alleged that Obaseki’s statement that he graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies in 1976, made under oath in the Independent National Election Commission form CF001, Part B, Paragraph C and dated July 11, 2016, was false

The defendants in the suit with reference number FHC/B/CO/120/16, dated September 1, 2016, are Obaseki and INEC.
Chief Dan Orbih,Edo State Chairman of the PDP, disclosed this on yesterday while explaining that the party’s assessment of the affidavit showed that the APC candidate provided wrong information to INEC.
“What is more, the man had only three credits, with a pass in English. I want to state clearly (that) at the time he claimed in entered the university, the entry requirement for direct entry or preliminary studies was a minimum of five credits and you must have a credit in English for you to study Classical Studies.

“In the form, he claimed that he had three credits with a pass in English. What this means is that he swore on oath, showing clearly that he entered the university in a year he did not gain admission into the university.” he said.

However, the date for the case is yet to be known, but the PDP chairman that considering the case already before a court competent jurisdiction, the APC has no qualified candidate in Edo state.

He said, “From the details of this suit, I can say that the APC has no qualified candidate to contest this election.

But responding to the court case, the Publicity Secretary of the Edo APC, Godwin Erhahon, said that in as much as the PDP has the legal right to sue, it is unexpected of them to be the judge in such case.

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