An American university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has confirmed the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Lagos, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, attended the school between 2005 and 2008.
According to the US-based University, Mr Rhodes-Vivour obtained a Master’s Degree in Architecture after studying at the institution for four years.
The Lagos LP flag-bearer, who is set to unseat the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been at the centre of a certificate forgery allegation after an email that purportedly emanated from the office of the Registrar of MIT appeared on social media claiming that the candidate did not attend the institution.
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The email quoted Nathaniel Hagee, a coordinator at MIT academic record office, that there was no record Mr Rhodes-Vivour graduated from the university.
The mail was alleged to be a response to an enquiry made by a Nigerian on the educational status of Mr Rhodes-Vivour.
But reacting on Thursday, MIT’s News Office, Sarah McDonnell, Deputy Director, Media Relations, confirmed that Mr Rhodes-Vivour indeed attended the school and earned a Master’s degree.
“Thank you for reaching out. The MIT Registrar’s Office can confirm that Mr Rhodes-Vivour attended MIT from 2005 to 2008 and earned a Master of Architecture degree,” Ms McDonnell told Premium Times when contacted.
Rhodes-Vivour is contesting against Governor Sanwo-Olu, and 13 other candidates. He is believed to be riding on the popularity of the OBIDIENT Movement that has since been making waves in Nigeria’s political space.