Court Strikes Out ‘Forgery’ Suit Against Obaseki

AN Abuja court Monday struck out a suit seeking to disqualify Godwin Obaseki from contesting the September 2020 governorship election in Edo State over alleged forgery.

On May 29, 2020, Edobor Williams, Ugesia Godwin and Amedu Anakhu had filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja against Obaseki, accusing the Edo State Governor of submitting a forged University of Ibadan Certificate tot the Independent Electoral Commission – INEC, in 2016.

Justice Anwuli Chikere however, struck out the suit after lawyers representing the plaintiffs and defendants failed to appear in court.

They argued that the governor’s educational information contained in Part C of the Form CF 001, which he submitted to the INEC on July 12, 2016, and the first-degree certificate of Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies, said to have been obtained from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, were not original.

They argued that this was “contrary to the provisions of section 182(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999”.

Joined, as respondents in the abandoned suit were the governors’ party, the All Progressives Congress, the Inspector-General of Police, and Obaseki himself.

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