Obaseki Disqualification: What are the real qualifications for a Governor?
The Obaseki matter has been on the table of discussion since after he was disqualified.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) screening committee for the Edo State governorship election disqualified Governor Godwin Obaseki from contesting the forthcoming party primary and this happened on Friday.
There are report this qualification was as a result of a serious misunderstanding between the governor and Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman who is a former governor of Edo State.
The statement by his spokesperson, John Maiyaki, said Mr Obaseki was deemed ineligible by the screening committee “over multiple inconsistencies in his presented academic certificates, including a Higher School Leaving Certificate the Governor claimed to have obtained from an Institute of Continuing Education in Benin City, Edo State.”
“The certificate, according to the committee, is unknown to the Nigerian education system and the Governor also admitted during the screening that he never received the certificate,” the statement said.
“Furthermore, his NYSC certificate indicated the name ‘Obasek’, and while the Committee acknowledged that this could be an error on the part of the issuing body, it flagged the Governor’s failure to address the problem for years and thus solidified doubts on its authenticity. Governor Godwin Obaseki also failed to supply additional documents solicited as proof of its claims.”
Mr Obaseki on his own part stated through his spokesman that, we have watched the mockery of democratic process, which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is administering and superintending over in our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC). It has been an unfortunate, disheartening and dreadful spectacle.
“We had initially asserted that going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that Governor Godwin Obaseki would get a fair assessment in the run-up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.”
“We have, therefore, decided that it would be effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be, especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.
“We wish Oshiomhole well in his maladministration of the party and trust that the Almighty will help our country to find the path to true liberty, freedom and justice.”
With all these Drama, our question and the question been asked by Nigerians is, What is the actual requirement for a leader especially in educational qualification?
Also remember that the President was on this table of qualification when the issue of his WAEC came up.