Godwin Obaseki
Godwin Obaseki- Edo State Governor

Alleged Certificate Forgery  Court Of Appeal Dismisses Obaseki’s Applicatio

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja today dismissed an application filed by Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for a stay of proceedings in the certificate forgery case against him.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, had filed 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 election.

They also claimed that there are discrepancies in the subject Obaseki claimed he passed in his West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exam.

The governor had asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to suspend the case indefinitely on the grounds that he had filed an application at the appellate court.

Through his counsel, Ken Mozia (SAN), he had challenged the competence of APC’s reply to his defence. He asked the court to remove some paragraphs in the plaintiffs’ statement of reply.

But in a ruling on December 2, 2020, the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, dismissed the governor’s motion.

Obaseki subsequently appealed the judgement, causing the judge to suspend the case at the lower court indefinitely on Tuesday.

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At the appellate court on Wednesday, the court asked the governor to return to the lower court for continuous hearing of the suit against him.

In other News ,the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal adjudicating over the case filed by the Action Democratic Congress (ADP) and its Candidate at the Edo State Governorship Election, against Godwin Obaseki and others , concerning Godwin Obaseki’s alleged presentation of forged School and other related Documents to INEC to participate in the September ,19th Edo State Governorship Election has concluded the Pre-Hearing Protocols in the Petition.

The Tribunal distilled four issues for determination ,one which is whether or not Godwin Obaseki is qualified to contest the Elections and if not ,whether the Elections should not be nullified with him being disqualified from participating the Elections ,having not been qualified in the first place .

The Matter was adjourned to 13th January,2021 for Hearing.

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