By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, at the weekend said the forthcoming governorship election in the state will mark a watershed in the twenty one years history of Nigeria democracy.
However, speaking during a Thank You tour to principal officers and ward leaders in Oredo local government area of the state, the governor noted that the polls would change the face of Nigeria’s elections and strengthen the democracy.
According to him, “We have been practising democracy for 21 years now. We cannot continue to behave the same way.
“This time, we will change the narrative. This will be a government of the people by the people and for the people. It will not be a government of the people by a few people.”
He however denied the allegation that he forged his certificates saying “They said I forged my certificate…
“How can you forge the certificate of the University of Ibadan? I am not like those that burn buildings to cover up their certificate issues.”
Obaseki recently came under public scrutiny after three chieftains of the APC dragged him to the Federal High Court in Abuja, alleging that the Bachelor of Arts certificate in Classical Studies obtained by Obaseki from the University of Ibadan was forged.
Recall that a mysterious fire engulfed a section of the state Ministry of Education housing academic records and other vital documents during the administration of ex-governor Adams Oshiomhole in June 2013.
Oshiomhole’s primary school leaving certificate was being challenged at the law Court in 2013 by the then Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate at the 2012 governorship election, Charles Airhiavbere.
Governor Godwin Obaseki at the time was the Special Adviser to Oshiomhole on economy, and a member of the later’s kitchen cabinet.
Meanwhile, this has heightened the supremacy battle for the soul of Edo state politics between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman and Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The feud between the two has intensified ahead of the party’s governorship primaries billed for June 22.
Oshiomhole is believed to be backing Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu for the APC ticket against the re-election bid of the embattled governor Obaseki.