CertificateForgery: Court to deliver Judgement on Saturday 9th January

The Federal High Court in Abuja, has fixed Saturday to deliver judgement on the certificate forgery case the APC, and one its members, Mr. Williams Edobor, instituted against Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed okayed the matter for judgement after all the parties adopted their final briefs of argument.

While adopting his final written address, Obaseki, through his team of lawyers led by Chief Ken Mozia, SAN, urged the court to dismiss the suit, insisting that the Plaintiffs, failed to prove their allegation that he submitted forged credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Likewise, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, through its lawyer, Mr. Razaq Isenalohme, asked the court to not only dismiss the suit, but to do so with substantial cost.

On its part, the INEC, through its lawyer, Mr. M. N. Bawa, stressed that it did not file any process in the matter.

“My lord we did not file any process throughout the proceedings, we consistently remained neutral. In the circumstance, we will be urging the court that decide the matter one way or the other, based on processes before this court”, INEC’s lawyer added.

However, counsel to the Plaintiffs, Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN, while adopting his final brief of argument, urged the court to grant all the claims his clients are seeking in the matter.

After he had listened to all the parties, Justice Mohammed reserved his judgement till 12noon on Saturday.

The APC had in the suit it jointly filed with one of its members in Edo, Mr. Edobor, alleged that Obaseki forged the University of Ibadan degree certificate he submitted to INEC in aid of his qualification for the governoship election that held in Edo state on September 19, 2020.

In the suit marked FHC/B/CS/74/2020, the Plaintiffs equally alleged that there were discrepancies in the subjects that Obaseki claimed he passed in his West African Examination Council (WAEC) exam and subjects in his testimonial.

They are therefore praying the court to declare that Obaseki’s claim in his INEC form EC9 at column C, sworn to on June 29, 2020 at the Federal Capital Territory High Court Registry to the effect that he obtained from the University of Ibadan in 1979, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classical Studies, is false and contrary to Section 31 (5) and (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010.

As well as an order declaring that Obaseki lied on oath when he swore to an affidavit on June 29, 2020 that he worked in Afrinvest Limited from 1994 to 2014 when he retired.

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