The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has admitted the error in Governor Godwin Obaseki’s University of Ibadan (UI) certificate.
Oyogist.com learnt that the Party blamed the photocopying machine for the error.
The error lead to Obaseki’s disqualification from running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). PDP admitted that Obaseki still observed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, despite the error.
The party 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 not relevant in determining the petition.” it Concluded.