Governor Obaseki Leaves APC

Godwin Obaseki
Godwin Obaseki
Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki Tuesday announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Obaseki said in days to come he would announce the new political platform where he will be seeking his re-election.

The APC screening committee for the Edo State governorship election had disqualified Governor Obaseki from contesting the forthcoming party primary.

Mr Obaseki’s disqualification, which happened on Friday, climaxed a long-run battle between the governor and Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman who is a former governor of Edo State.

Days before his disqualification, there was confusion about the genuineness of Mr Obaseki’s university certificate, until the University of Ibadan came out to confirm that he studied classics in the school and graduated in 1979 with a Second Class Honours, Lower Division.

Other reasons for his qualification were:

  • claiming to have a Higher School Leaving Certificate which is unknown to the Nigerian educational system;
  • allegedly being in possession of an affidavit disowned by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory;
  • error in the National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate which bears Obasek as against Obaseki;
  • loss of primary, secondary and the Higher School Leaving Certificates;
  • alleged violation of Article 21 D (V) of the party’s constitution, which forbids members from taking the party to court;
  • legal precedents occasioned by the judgments of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court on discrepancies in names.