By Chinenye Festus:-
Mr Godwin Obaseki has received a new certificate from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) after it corrected the error it made in his previous certificate. The governor partook in the scheme in 1980 .
Recall that there was a controversy surrounding his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate, an alphabet was missing in his surname which read OBASEK instead of Obaseki.
Consequent upon this, the All Progressives Congress (APC) panel which screened aspirants for the Edo 2020 primary election had cited this error as one of the reasons for disqualifying the governor from the race.
In order to realise his second term ambition, the Governor defected to the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he subsequently emerged as the PDP flagbearer for the Edo governorship election slated for September 19.
It will be recalled that before the PDP primary which held on June 25, Obaseki had written to the NYSC to demand rectification of the error and re-issuance of the certificate.
According to the TheCable, a letter dated June 19, 2020, Okonofua K N, who signed on behalf of the NYSC DG, said the corps had carried out an investigation and found that there is a need for reissuance of the certificate to reflect the correct name of the governor.
“I refer to your letter referenced EOG/ABI/99/VOL IV/172 dated 18th June, 2020, on the above subject matter please,” the letter read.
“I am directed to inform you that after investigation, the management of the National Youth Service Corps has approved that a new Certificate of National Service reflecting the Surname OBASEKI be produced as the earlier Certificate number 063107 dated 6th August, 1980 has been cancelled due to error in the surname i.e OBASEK.
“Accept the assurances of the Director-General’s regard.”
Obaseki will face Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the September 19, 2020 election.