UI management confirms Obaseki’s certificate

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki

By Taiwo Okanlawon

The Management of University of Ibadan (UI) has confirmed that the Edo state governor, Mr Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, graduated from the institution.

According to a statement by the university’s Registrar, Mrs Olubunmi Faluyi, the Governor gained admission to the university in 1976 and graduated in 1979 with a Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in Classics.

“Records of his admission and graduation are intact in the archives of the university.” the statement said.

Obaseki was dragged to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, accused of certificate forgery and perjury.

The case was filed on 29 May.

The plaintiffs in the case, according to a report by Independent, are Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu.

Joined as defendants are the All Progressives Congress (APC), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Inspector- General of Police (IGP).

Governor Obaseki has however, dismissed the allegations of certificate fraud as baseless, unfounded, and diversionary, calling those raising eyebrows over his academic qualifications, as mischievous.

Obaseki has been in a running battle with his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole over the second term ticket. The latter, who is the National Chairman of the APC, has vowed to ensure the governor does not get a second term in office.


  1. Screening or no screening, if bros Obaseki actually had three (3) credits and three (3) passes at school certificate (O/ Level), with U.I not having admission for preliminary students for Arts students, then there is need to know how he managed to qualify for admission in the high standard era of Oritsejolomi Thomas and Tekena Tamuno. He must have either taken additional subjects at O/ levels or won’t even qualify for HSC/ A/ Levels.
    If he took the GCE A/Levels, he needs to show proof. That he managed to “enter” without requisite qualification makes the matriculation and graduation questionable, because you can’t build something upon nothing. Obaseki is in the public domain and open to scrutiny. If the process of admission was defective, not even U.I can retrospectively redeem it. There is need to know, so that we know the quality of men governing us. As it stands, Obaseki and U.I. have a case to answer to show legitimacy and authenticity of this certificate. Otherwise everything is null and void. U.I. must wake up and do its duty as a worthy academic institution, not just this Dino Melaye/ ABU caricature. We are not unaware of admission racketeering dating back to that time. It must be exposed where we smell a rat. Just my concern, towards excellence in Nigeria. Management of University of Ibadan, over to you. I hope P.M. News will not suppress nor kill this premium opinion/ comment as usual.

  2. Nigeria and her awkwardness and archaic system. This guy was screened before he contested the election four years ago . What happend now , why certificate issue cropping up now?. The reason is he disagreed with Oshiomole and they have to throw everything at him just to destroy his political or robbery career. I hate Nigeria and what they stand for, oh they don’t stand for anything but let’s be fair to Obaseki

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