The deputy governor of Edo state, Philip Shaibu made the allegation in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, saying the protests were targeted at tarnishing the Governor’s goodwill with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Deputy Governor said this in a statement through his Special Assistant on Media to the Deputy Governor, Benjamin Atu.
However, he called upon well- meaning Nigerians to intervene on Oshiomhole to stop the attempts at pulling the Governor down.
“The truth is that Godwin Obaseki has the goodwill of the president. He has exceeded expectations in terms of performance in office.
“They have no other way to tarnish his image they therefore decided to sponsor protest to create false impression. The protest is the handiwork of the APC National Chairman.
“It was alleged that the Governor had no certificate and now that the certificate of the Governor has been made public, they have shifted their accusation from no certificate to the next level of questioning the number of credits awarded in the certificate.
“The question that should be asked is, if Governor Godwin Obaseki has certificate or not.
“Did the Nigerian Constitution mention the number of sittings or the number of subjects one must pass in the School Certificate Examinations before he could qualify to contest as Governor?”
“Leading a state is different from leading the mob and the earlier Oshiomhole assumes his rightful position as a National Leader and not as a sectional Chairman the better for him,” he said.
According to him, those behind the protest were either ignorant about the nation’s norm or were being economical with the truth.
“In Nigeria, the requirement to contest for the position of Governor is a WAEC certificate. The Constitution didn’t specify the number of subjects or the grades in such subjects for the purpose of evaluation.
“What is the scale of evaluation upon which the National Chairman of the APC is standing to question the certificate of the Edo State Governor?
“In the first instance, Obaseki wouldn’t have emerged as a Governor of Edo State in 2016, if he had no certificate. Oshiomhole wouldn’t have also insisted that Obaseki must be the Governor if he knew that Obaseki had no requisite certificate.