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Exposed! Aiyedatiwa in certificate forgery scandal

A social-political group, the Ondo State Redemption Initiative (OSRI) has accused the Governor of Ondo State, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa of certificate forgery unworthy to lead the State.

The group, in a statement by its President, Pastor Adebayo Ogunsanmi, Secretay Jide Oriola, and Publicity Secretary, Sunday Ayeni said Aiyedatiwa’s educational claims have been exposed as a fraud.

According to the group, Aiyedatiwa, in his resume, claimed to have acquired an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Ibadan in 2001.

However, they said checks have proved that an Advanced diploma in business administration was not available at the University of Ibadan as of 2001.

According to his academic records, Aiyedatiwa’s educational journey began at Saint Peter’s UNA (now FAC) Primary School in Obe Nla/Obe Adun, Ilaje LGA, Ondo State, where he attended from 1970 to 1976. He then pursued his secondary education at Ikosi High School in Ketu, Lagos, completing it in 1982.

In 1986, Aiyedatiwa achieved his Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in Economics and Government at Lagos State College of Education (now known as Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education) located in Ijanikin, Lagos.

He claimed to have earned an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Ibadan in 2001, after which he claimed to have become an alumnus of Lagos Business School – Pan Atlantic University, situated in Lekki, Lagos, though year and course of study were not included.

He further claimed to have obtained a Post Graduate Certification in Chief Executive Education (CEP) in Business Management, after which he received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Liverpool in the UK, in 2013.

The group said these academic records were not true and warned the APC leaders against fielding a candidate with questionable academic records.

However, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan said those who accused the Governor of forgery should come up with evidence.

His words “forgery is a weighty allegations, nobody should bring that allegation without evidence. His documents were screen by the electoral body committee and nobody sued him and why some people are saying all this now?

“The man was elected over three years ago and nobody wrote anything against him that he forged certificate, now because he has become the governor they were now accusing him of certificate forgery. This group should provide evidence of this certificate forgery against him.

“I can’t react to something like this not until I see the evidence, if they had brought the evidence now, I can proceed to ask the governor himself. But they are not bringing any evidence forward so this kind of story should not be used by any media organization.

“This group are faceless, you can’t find them on Facebook or at the registry of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), they have no identity, we are not saying people should not do campaign and we cannot stop it. But when people brought an allegation, they should come with evidence. This group should bring their evidence, but if they can’t bring the evidence, I can’t react to that.”

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DSS arrests El-Rufai’s political ally, Aisha Galadima over post on Gov Sani

Aisha Galadima, a strong political ally of the former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has been arrested in Kaduna.

The arrest, a source told DAILY POST, was connected to a post on her Facebook page, criticizing Governor Uba Sani.

The female politician was picked up by the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, from her residence on Sunday afternoon.

The development was confirmed by one of her brothers, who said, “Aisha has just been arrested by DSS at her Tudun Wada residence in Kaduna.”

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Ondo polls: My certificates are genuine and authentic – Ayedatiwa speaks after screening

The Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has said that contrary to rumours of fake certificates making the rounds in some quarters, his certificate was genuine and authentic.

Aiyedatiwa disclosed this on Friday at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja after he was cleared by the Screening Committee to contest the primary election.

The governor further declared there was no vacancy at the government’s house.

His words: “Questions were asked and answered and at the end of the day, I have been cleared that there are no issues. Especially the issue that has to do with the certificate that a petition was written, today that has been put to rest.

“My certificates are genuine and authentic. I think it is just a kind of mischief by some other aspirants who find me to be an aspirant to beat, trying to look for a way to discredit my person but that has been verified and put to rest.

“I think the issue really regarding that was a school they claim was established in 1980 and how come I was able to write my WASSCE in 1982. If you are a student of history you will recall that in 1979, when the Governor of Lagos State at the time, Lateef Jakande became Governor of Lagos State, most private schools were taken over and schools were built for the communities. And Ikosi High School that I attended is one of the schools that were built by the regime of Lateef Jakande in 1980. So, it is on record that the school was established in 1980 and at that time I was already in Form ‘3’ in a private school.

“New Nation is in Ikosi while Royal Comprehensive High School is in Ajegunle Ikorodu very close to Ketu. So all of us were moved to both New Nation and Royal Comprehensive High School and some other schools that were affected by flood. We were all moved into Ikosi High School Ketu that was built by the government and that was how we wrote our WASCE in 1982 because we were in the first set. I was in Form ‘3’ at the time, it used to be five years, not now that you have six years for Secondary school.

“So their question, the petitioner is how can a school be established in 1980 and we have a first set in 1982 that the first set was supposed to be in 1985 but he didn’t take time to look at the history. So investigation has been conducted, the schools are still there, WAEC office is there where you can actually verify the subject that I took and the year that I graduated and the school. You just need to buy a scratch card and go to the website of WAEC, it will be there – Ikosi High School Iketu and my name will be there with the subjects that I took and the various grades. So it is clear to everybody that my certificate is authentic and I actually graduated from that school in 1982.”

Asked what his advice was for those trying to pull him down, Aiyedatiwa said there was no vacancy in the Ondo State government house.

The governor added: “I should just advise them to repent and try to go to the field and work. If they are interested in the seat and the seat Is not vacant, that is why they’re trying to do all that they are doing.”

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Stopping Akeredolu’s projects after his demise, unfair– Ondo APC aspirant

Wale Akinterinwa, a governorship aspirant running under the All Progressives Congress, APC, banner, has expressed dismay over the alleged decision to halt the projects initiated by the late Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in his hometown of Owo.

Akinterinwa stated that it was crude and unjust to halt the projects, stressing that they ought to be completed as a way to honour the late governor.

The former Commissioner for Finance stressed this during a campaign tour to Owo, the headquarters of the Owo Local Council Area of the state.

Residents of the community who received the governorship aspirant had expressed their dissatisfaction with the abandoned projects in their town, emphasising the need for them to be completed.

Akinterinwa, however, vowed to ensure that projects would be completed if he became governor.

He also assured the residents that he would prioritize the continuation of the policies initiated by the late Akeredolu, stressing their importance to the state.

“I will continue where Aketi stopped in Owo. Whatever Aketi wanted to do for Owo but couldn’t, we will accomplish it. When a great leader has passed away, the only way to honour him is to continue the work he was doing for his people.

“It’s unfair for someone who claimed to be loyal to him and took over from him to come and halt all projects in Owo.

“We will take Ondo State to the next level and prioritise women and youth development. Our people will enjoy the dividends of good governance under our leadership.”

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