The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the September 10 election in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has said that the original copies of his academic credentials have been found.
Obaseki submitted photocopies of his credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), along with a sworn affidavit stating that he misplaced his certificates while moving his office from one place to another.
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on Monday described as “flimsy” and “unconvincing”, his reasons for not submitting his original certificates to INEC.
Speaking at an interactive session organised by civil societies for governorship candidates in Benin, Obaseki said:
I have found them. The truth is that I have not had any reason to look for them in the last 25 years. I know that I kept them somewhere in a safe box and I had photocopies.
When I needed them for the exercise, I could not find them. So, I swore to an affidavit that I cannot find the originals.
I took the photocopies to the institutions that issued them and they certified the photocopies.
So when the whole controversy started raging, my cousin called me from New York and said, ‘But your originals are here. I said, ‘Please, send them to me now’.