Claudia Idehen, Benin City-The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday know his fate as a Federal High Court in Abuja will deliver judgment in the case of alleged certificate forgery filed against him by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, EdoborWilliams.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the date and time of ruling after lawyers to both parties adopted their final written
The plaintiffs, Edobor and the APC had in the suit marked: FHC/B/CS/74/2020,asked the court to, among others,disqualify Obaseki as the candidate of the PDP in the September 19, 2020 governorship election. They alleged that the governor had forged a University of Ibadan certificate which he claimed to have obtained from the University of Ibadan in 1979 and which he submitted to
INEC as part of his educational qualifications.
Edobor had claimed that a photocopy of the degree certificate attached to the nomination form that Obaseki submitted to INEC did not contain the signature of the Registrar of the university and the
date it was issued.
But Obaseki in his defence had defended his certificate by saying that the Registrar’s signature and date of issue were cut off from the photocopies of his certificate submitted to INEC because the
person who made the copies used A4, which is smaller than the size of the original certificate.
Counsel for Obaseki, Ken Mozia (SAN) and the Peoples Democratic Party, Razaq lsenalumhe, had urged the court to dismiss the suit, asking that the court award a substantial cost against the plaintiffs,while the Counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission, Murktar Bawa, had noted in his submission that INEC did not file any process in the said suit and had adopted a neutral position, urging the court to decide the case in accordance with the processes before it.