‘Certificate forgery’: Hearing on APC suit against Edo Gov Obaseki begins

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On Monday, November 16, 2020, the Federal High Court, Abuja, will begin hearing in the certificate forgery suit instituted against Godwin Obaseki the Edo State Governor, by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In June, the University Of Ibadan (UI) confirmed that Governor Obaseki of Edo State was a product of the institution.

Olubunmi Faluyi, the Registrar of University Of Ibadan (UI), in a statement, said Obaseki gained admission in 1976 and studied Classics.

He also added that Obaseki graduated in the year 1979 with a Second Class Honours, Lower Division.

The All Progressive Congress wants the court to stop his nomination by the PDP for the September 2020 governorship election.

The suit was filed on July 14, shortly after Governor Godwin Obaseki emerged as Peoples Democratic Party candidate. He went on to defeat pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressive Congress.

APC has assembled a legal team of five Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) led by Akin Olujimi the former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed had fixed today Monday 16 2020 after a request by Olujimi, leading counsel for APC and a chieftain, Edobor Williams.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was joined in the suit with file number FHC/B/CS/74/2020.

The plaintiffs prayed the court for an order disqualifying Obaseki because he supplied false information on oath to INEC, an act said to be contrary to Section 31(5) and (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010.

Ken Mozia (SAN) and Rasaq Isenalumhe had announced appearance for Obaseki and PDP respectively. INEC is expected to announce its representation.

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