Alleged Certificate Forgery: APC Closes Case Against Obaseki
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has closed its case of alleged certificate forgery levelled against the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
At the resumed hearing of the suit on Monday before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the plaintiff’s counsel, Akin Olujimi, concluded their case with the cross-examination of an expert witness, Raphael Onwuzuligbo, a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police and a forensic document examiner.
In his testimony during cross examination by counsel to Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the witness said the University of Ibadan logo on the governor’s certificate appears to have been compromised.
He also insisted that the signature of the Vice Chancellor of the university was missing from the certificate not because the document was poorly scanned but that it was actually missing.
Lawyer to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Olujimi said that the testimony of the witness further proved their case against Obaseki as Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned further hearing till January 5, to enable the governor and the PDP open their defense.
Update: 16 December 2020
Court adjourns suit seeking Obaseki’s removal for alleged certificate forgery indefinite
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday adjourned indefinitely, a suit searching for the removing the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for alleged certificate forgery.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and one William Edobor had approached the court to declare that Obaseki was not eligible to contest the September 19 governorship election in Edo State for allegedly presenting a forged certificate ahead of the election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had been additionally listed as respondents within the case.
In a brief ruling on Tuesday, Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the suit indefinitely over an appeal filed by the governor in the Court of Appeal.
He held that since there was an interlocutory appeal pending union: the appellate court, the court needed to tarry a while because it had been notified of the pendency of the appeal.
The judge mentioned the file of appeal had already been transmitted and served on all of the parties.
Justice Mohammed mentioned: “Where a lower court is aware of the existence of an application for stay, it will be wrong for the trial court to proceed to hear the suit the application is seeking to stay proceedings on.
“In the instant case, in addition to the interlocutory appeal, there is an application to stay proceedings.
“The suit is hereby adjourned sine die (indefinitely).”
Obaseki approached the appellate court over the refusal of the lower court to take away some paragraphs in APC’s reply to a counter-affidavit he filed the suit in opposition to him.
The governor prayed the court to stay additional proceedings within the substantive suit pending the determination of the appeal.
Obaseki was disqualified from the APC governorship primaries by the party’s screening committee in July over alleged discrepancies in his certificates.
He later switched to the PDP and contested the election on the party’s platform.
Obaseki was re-elected for an additional term of four years after he defeated the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, within the election.
He also defeated Ize-Iyamu in 2016.
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