Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, took a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, saying it is sad that a man like him without education is leading Nigeria’s ruling party.
Obaseki said this when he spoke with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday after leaving the APC disgruntled.
He said Oshiomhole is afraid of educated people because he did not go to school, adding that the party’s decision to disqualify him from participating in the June 22 governorship primary on its platform was the reason he left.
When the governor was asked if there are really inconsistencies in his certificates, which was the basis for his disqualification, he said, “Someone who hasn’t gone to school, who doesn’t have certificate himself, will not know and understand what inconsistencies in certificates are. That is the starting point.
“What is the inconsistency? There is no inconsistency in my certificates. The issue was in 2016 when I contested for the governorship election. I could not find the originals of my certificates because I hadn’t required them for more than two decades.
“So, I deposed to an affidavit that I couldn’t find the originals. Subsequently, I found all the original copies of all my certificates and they are with me. So I don’t understand what is inconsistent about that.
“Maybe the inconsistency in the National Youth Service Corps certificate where he said an ‘i’ was missing at the end of my surname. But if you look at that, it was like a cursive, it was written in a cursive manner. So, if that’s inconsistency for him, then it’s really sad that people of that quality are leading Nigeria’s ruling party.
“For him, it was just to look for an excuse to take whatever decision he wants to take and it’s really sad that the party structure today gives him that sort of authority without checks. That is dangerous for any system or institution.
“When you give authority and responsibility to people who don’t have character, people who do not have finesse and a sense of justice, then that institution is imperiled.”
The governor and Oshiomhole, had been having a running battle after they fell apart following Obaseki’s refusal to allow his predecessor to play the role of political ‘Jagaban’ in Edo.
Mr. Oshiomhole has championed Obaseki’s emergence as his successor in 2016.