BREAKING: Court Dismisses Forgery Case Against Obaseki
A federal high Court in Abuja has dismissed a case of Forgery levelled against the Governor of Edo stat, Godwin Obaseki on Saturday.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed delivered the judgment on Saturday in a suit filed by the All Progressives Party (APC) and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, against the governor.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and one Williams Edobor, a chieftain of the party, had instituted a suit against Obaseki, accusing him of forging the first degree certificate which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enable him contest the governorship election.
The suit claimed that Obaseki’s certificate from the University of Ibadan did not carry a date of issuance and signature of the registrar. The Governor has since denied this allegation adding that the error on the photocopy of his certificate which he submitted to INEC was made by a photocopying machine.
Also, an official of the legal unit of the University of Ibadan, Ajayi Abayomi, testified in court that the institution issued a Bachelor of Arts certificate to Obaseki in 1979.
Before Justice Mohammed delivered the judgement in the suit, counsels to both parties in the matter had closed their cases after they presented witnesses and evidence to the court.
During proceedings on Thursday, lawyer to the Plaintiffs, Akin Olujimi, adopted his final written address.
He urged the court to affirm their position that the governor presented a forged certificate to the electoral umpire and was unfit to occupy the office.
This was, however, rejected by Governor Obaseki’s counsel, Ken Mozia, who asked the court to dismiss the suit over what he described as the plaintiff’s failure to prove their case.