The West African Examination Council, WAEC, has denied the reported ranking of states according to performance, which put Edo State third behind Abia and Anambra states.

The examination body said via its tweeter handle, @waecnigeria, in response to a question about the authenticity of the rankings, that Nigerians to disregard the story, noting that the rankings were figment of someone’s imagination.

“No, the rankings were figment of someone’s imagination. It was based on nothing. This same list was circulated last year by online social media. Please, disregard.”

The ranking had triggered verbal exchange between the Edo State government and the camp of Adams Oshiomhole, the All Progressive Congress chairman whose loyalists are locked in political battle with the state governor, Godwin Obaseki ahead of the state’s 2020 governorship election.

Yesterday, Governor Obaseki in a statement by his special adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, expressed gratitude over the alleged third ranking of the State on the WAEC list and commended the efforts of all stakeholders in the education sector.

“Governor Godwin congratulates the students, teachers, the entire staff of the ministry of education, our development partners and other stakeholders in the education sector on this year’s outing in the West African Examination Council ranking,” Obaseki said.

“Our state retained the third position it occupied in the 2018 ranking and that shows we sustained the tempo, but we can do better by raising the bar and we are determined to do better in subsequent rankings.”

The governor’s statement was condemned by a group that identified itself as the Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa, who berated him for “claiming what the state did not achieve.”

The group’s Country Director, Mr John Mayaki, stated that the claim was a ploy in the governor’s desperate attempt to disown his failures and manufacture nonexistent achievements to bolster his administration.

“This played out again this week with a statement issued through his Special Adviser on Media, Crusoe Osagie, where the governor was celebrating the supposed third ranking of Edo State in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) conducted in 2019. Amusingly, the governor, in his reaction, went on to congratulate all and sundry, before bragging of unverifiable interventions that delivered the “achievement”” he said.

“However, in an interesting twist that glaringly showcases the incompetence that exists in Edo State government, the West African Examination Council, through its media channel, has disassociated itself from the list, emphasizing that it is fake news.

“This embarrassment could have been avoided by a simple fact-check on the purported list, but the government, latched on to it and circulated it.”

Meanwhile, WAEC also denied reports that some candidates have emerged best candidates in the recently released 2019 results, noting that it was yet to take a decision on that.

WAEC’s registrar, Iyi Uwadia who made the clarification in an interview with EduCeleb in Abuja, said that more than 200 people make A1 in nine subjects yearly and that it was left for the body to decide who among them, was best based on certain parameters.

“Not less than 200 to 300 candidates are qualified for that. Once you make nine A1s, you are qualified for selection,” he said.

“We put all of them together and then look at those who rank into the best three in West Africa.
“We have just released the results and we have not determined that because there are processes we go through.