The University of Ibadan (UI), on Wednesday confirmed that Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of Edo State, graduated from the institution. UI in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan said the governor graduated from the university in 1979.
Premium Times reported how the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday, joined critics of the governor to question his educational qualification.
“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 screening.
“How come the UI allowed him then. Did he do a remedial? which was not unlikely. These are questions. Many (who) 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,” Mr. Oshiomhole told journalists at the inauguration of the APC’s screening and appeal committees.
The party chairman and the governor, who were allies, are now at daggers drawn with Mr Oshiomhole backing another aspirant for the APC governorship ticket.
Mr Obaseki also seeks the APC ticket to return to office as Edo governor in the September election.
However, the University of Ibadan has now confirmed that Mr. Obaseki graduated from the university and that he graduated from the institution in 1979.
A statement issued by the Registrar of the university, Olubunmi Faluyi noted that the Edo State Governor graduated in 1979 with a Second Class Honours, Lower Division, [Classics].
Ms. Faluyi in the statement entitled” Godwin Obaseki Graduated from UI” also stated that Mr. Obaseki’s records of admission and graduation are intact in the archives of the university.
“Mr Obaseki gained admission to the University in 1976 and graduated in 1979 with a Second Class Honours, Lower Division.
“Thank you,” the official said without providing further details.
Despite the clarification by the university, the fight between the Edo governor and Mr Oshiomhole suggests the issue would still drag on until the primary is concluded.
The APC primary is scheduled for June 22.