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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has admitted the error in Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki’s University of Ibadan (UI) certificate.

It blamed the photocopying machine for the error.

Law Reporters had earlier reported that the error disqualified Obaseki from seeking a second term on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A petition by the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its governorship candidate, Iboi Emmanuel, accused Obaseki of forgery, giving false information and perpetuating electoral malpractices.

The party prayed the tribunal to disqualify Obaseki for his controversial first degree certificate and nullify the votes cast for him.

It also prayed the tribunal to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election, involving other qualified candidates, but excluding PDP and Obaseki.

But PDP, in its reply to ADP and Emmanuel on Tuesday, said there was a mix-up in Obaseki’s admission and graduation year.

The party also admitted that despite the error, Obaseki observed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

It added that the petition was incompetent and statute barred, describing it as a pre-election matter which the tribunal could not entertain.

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