Romanus Ejikeme, the father of the candidate who manipulated her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result, Mmesoma Ejikeme, has tendered apology to Nigerians and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Ejikeme, who had accused JAMB of discrimination and threatened to sue the board, said he did not know that his daughter lied to him.
In an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Saturday, he said he regretted his utterances in the heat of the controversy.
“When I realised what she did, it was late . I regretted all my earlier actions on this matter.
“My daughter didn’t open up to me on time. She didn’t.
“When I realised the mistake she did, I blamed her a lot that she was not supposed to do such.Everyday, I tell her don’t dent your image because you are a star.
“As a father, I’m still apologising to JAMB and Nigerians to pardon her,” he said.
Following the report of the panel set up by Anambra State Government on the issue, Nigerians who supported Mmesoma have backtracked.
Meanwhile, JAMB has barred Mmesoma from sitting for UTME for three years due to the “weighty infractions.”