The Vice Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University, (AAU), Ekpoma- Edo State, Nigeria, Prof. Ignatius Onimawo has refuted an online media report which allegedly quoted him as saying that the University of Ibadan (UI) certificate of the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki was fake.
Briefing the press at the main campus of the university in Ekpoma, the Vice Chancellor described the news which was published on Nairaland Forum, as wicked, malicious and outright falsehood.
He asserted that he did not at anytime grant interview to any journalist on the issue, and has never, even during interpersonal interaction made such comments to anybody.
He said while the anonymous writer claimed in the write up that he (vice Chancellor) graduated from UI in 1977, his actual year of graduation was 1982.
He similarly explained that the allegation in the write up that he said the governor had been putting pressure on UI alumni Association to affirm his membership of the university was another falsehood, adding that the governor was a bonafide alumnus of UI, and was a student in Zik Hall.
He therefore called on the public to discountenance every part of the publication, and called on the online medium-Nairaland Forum to retract the story or face legal action.
” We have started investigation into the publication, and the matter has been reported to the DSS, police and we have also reported the matter to other agencies of government to find out the root of the matter.
“It took me by surprise that somebody could quote the Vice Chancellor of AAU as saying that the certificate of visitor to the university is fake. The executive governor, His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki is a distinguished Alumnus of University of Ibadan.
” In fact in 2018, the university of Ibadan Alumni Association chose him as the distinguished Alumni lecturer, and I accompanied him to Ibadan for that event. So how can I turn around to say that the same governor was now asking me to make him belong to the alumni association?
” I am aware that the governor graduated from the University of Ibadan, and that he was a student in Zik Hall. So, such publication can only be from the pit of hell. I want the public to discountenance every part of the said publication”, he stressed.
— Eubaldus Enahoro. The Observer.