Years ago, it became public knowledge that Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s claim that he bagged a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in International Finance from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom and his actual date of birth were questionable.
Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s claimed in his nomination form that he does not have a Higher National Diploma and Master Degree in order to deceive his party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, according to the documents submitted seen by NEWSACROSS.COM
Documents seen by NEWSACROSS.COM also showed that Governor Amosun made conflicting academic claims in his INEC filings when he ran for Governor in 2011 and as a Senatorial candidate this year.
Sources have revealed that the allegations of forgery and perjury against the governor will soon be raised again by APC members in Ogun State.
“New petitions are going to be raised on the alleged forgery and perjury,” a source said. One of the sources said; “this time around, we will pursue the issue to a logical conclusion.”
Prior to the 2011 governorship election,several petitioners from Ogun State had questioned various claims made by the governor in his profile filed with the Independent National Electoral Commis sion (INEC), and called for a full investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
Amosun had claimed in his election documents presented to INEC the possession of a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in International Finance from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom in 2011.
However, investigations at the university shown that the institution offers only a Master of Science (MSC) International Finance, not an M.A.
Other claims questioned in Amosun’s avalanche of claims include:
· Earlier study by the Governor.
· His date of birth, of which there seem to be two, and
· His National Youth Service Corps participation.
In his Certificate of Registration of Birth number 242484 issued by the Western State of Nigeria, issued on November 18, 1976, Governor Amosun’s date of birth was entered as January 25, 1958.
Also, in the profile he submitted to INEC, Amosun maintained that he was born on January 25, 1958.
However, in his Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta Student Registration/ Personal Data File completed in his own handwriting, Governor Amosun claimed that he was born on January 25, 1960. On his technical study claim, Amosun claimed to be at the Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta between 1979 and 1983 for both the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) is being questioned.
Those who raised posers on the governor’s claim said; “This claim appears false in that between OND and HND there was a year mandatory internship students must observe. Could it then be that he did not serve the mandatory one year? Because if he did, his year of graduation should be 1984 not 1983.
“In his CV, he claimed to have done his internship at Ogun/ Osun River Basin Authority in 1982 (6 months) and at Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in 1981 (6 months).
“From this claim, what Amosun is saying was that he was in school simultaneously while doing his internship?”
“In a few days time, we will begin to ask questions as to the actual date of birth of the governor, the veracity of his claim on his Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in International Finance from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom and the actual period that he attended Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta (now Monshood Abiola Polytechnic).
“Definitely, we are going to fight him ditty and we won’t retreat until we get to the bottom of the matter, ” one of APC members said.