By Kingsley Urhere

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Hon Reginald Okun

Hon Reginald Okun

Edo commissioner and former chairman, Owan  – West Local Government Council, Hon. Reginald Okun has debunked allegation of certificate forgery and ex – convict raised against him by a group; Owan – West  Progressive Movement [OWPM].

The Group had in a petition signed by one Chief Samson Oboh , sent to the State House of Assembly, and published in one of the national dailies, alleged that Reginald Okun forged his educational certificates, and served prison jail in the United States of America.

Therefore, the House should suspend screening him and a thorough investigation carried out into the issues raised, the Group said.

Okun in reaction said the allegations should be discountenanced as they were not true, even as the petitioners are political enemies hiding under an abstract body [OWPM], concocting lies in conscious attempt to destroy him.

“We have heard this several times because this is an era of politics where so much can be said and peddled.

“I have never lived in the U.S.A. and in the U.K. where I had my education and spent 14 years; I had no criminal or negative record and not even the most common traffic offence.

“I obtained a B.A.[Hons] in Built Environment studies from the University of Westminster with signed  certificate by the Vice chancellor/ Rector and my course mates exist.”

A document sourced from Google Search revealed, within the period mentioned by the petitioners, Reginald Okun was in Nigeria campaigning with his party leaders for election into the Owan – West Local Government Council, as Vice Chairman.

He along other elected Local Government Council Chairmen, and Vice Chairmen were sworn into office on the 22 April, 2013, and assumed duty on the 23 April, 2013.

Hence, he could not have been in the United States of America serving jail, and filed a motion to vacate prison sentence on April 15, 2013, and at the same time in Nigeria campaigning for political office, and subsequently elected.

Also, from the document it was noted that the petitioners have mischievously matched his surname; Okun to dossier attached to one Edwin Hugh Okun , to achieve their target goal of destroying him.

Okun was however cleared by the State House of Assembly and was on Thursday sworn – in to office by the Governor, Godwin Obaseki alongside other nominees.

He told journalists that he was poised to work in translating the vision of the Governor Obaseki administration of positively impacting the people to fruition.