Edo APC Candidate: The Curious Case Of “A Monday Born On A Saturday, Or Tuesday” – By Darlington Okpebholo Ray

Senator Monday Okpebholo, Edo State APC Governorship candidate

Edo APC Candidate: The Curious Case Of “A Monday Born On A Saturday, Or Tuesday” – By Darlington Okpebholo Ray

In the realm of official documentation, few things are as critical as a birth date. For Monday Okpebholo, however, this simple fact has become a puzzle wrapped in an enigma, bound by bureaucratic inconsistencies. Let us delve into this curious case, piecing together the clues from his WAEC result and Affidavit submissions, to unravel the riddle of Monday’s true birth date.

Firstly, the WAEC result, a document of academic achievement, lists Monday Okpebholo’s birth date as August 29, 1970. On this date, a glance at the calendar reveals that it was a Saturday. A typical weekday, named after the Roman god Saturn, far removed from the name “Monday.” If we are to take his name at face value, how could someone named Monday be born on a Saturday?

Secondly, turning our attention to the Affidavit, another layer of mystery is added. This legal document, sworn under oath, declares Monday Okpebholo’s birth date as August 29, 1972. Yet again, the calendar disagrees with the nomenclature, for this date fell on a Tuesday. A day named after the Norse god Tyr, hardly aligning with the expectation set by Monday’s name.

Given these discrepancies above, one finds himself in a conundrum. If Monday Okpebholo was indeed born on a Monday, neither of the dates provided – August 29, 1970, nor August 29, 1972 – fit this criterion. This incongruity begs the question: when was Monday Okpebholo truly born?

To help Monday or other confused Edolites like myself solve this riddle, we must consider the essence of his name. In many cultures like ours, children born on special days are named based on the day of the week of their birth. Thus, a person named Monday is typically born on a Monday. The puzzle pieces we have, however, do not fit this narrative. The birthdates provided both fall on days that contradict the name “Monday.”

Could it be that Monday Okpebholo’s birthdate is entirely different, yet undisclosed? If we are to trust the logic of his name, we must search for a date when August 29th fell on a Monday. A brief investigation into the calendar reveals that August 29th was a Monday in the year 1966, 1977, and 1983. These years, however, significantly deviate from the dates recorded in both his WAEC result and Affidavit. This was also very easy to ascertain because I was born two days after (August 31st) the 1972 date which he has on his WAEC result.

Well, until further clarification or a new piece of evidence comes to light, the true birth date of Monday Okpebholo remains shrouded in mystery. The discrepancy between the days of the week and the recorded dates raises questions about the accuracy of the documentation. Whether this anomaly is a simple clerical error or a more complex issue remains unknown. What we can ascertain is that the name “Monday” holds a clue that does not align with the current records.

In this peculiar puzzle, we are left to ponder: Who is Monday Okpebholo, and when was he truly born? The answer, it seems, lies hidden in the folds of time and paperwork, awaiting discovery.


Deacon Darlington Okpebholo Ray, the lead Spokesman of the Team Asue Media Organisation (TAMO) and Director of Media, Directorate of Diaspora Media, PDP Asue/Ogie Campaign Council, writes from London, United Kingdom.