Alleged certificate forgery: Obaseki to know fate Saturday

Godwin Obaseki

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Saturday, January 9 to deliver judgment in the alleged certificate forgery case filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

The APC and one of its chieftains, Mr Williams Edobor, dragged Obaseki to court for allegedly forging the University of Ibadan degree certificate he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to aid his qualification for the September 19, 2020 governorship election in the state.

The plaintiffs want the court to disqualify Obaseki and his party, the PDP, from the poll, in the event that Obaseki is found to have forged his university certificate obtained from the University of Ibadan in 1979.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed had, on Wednesday, adjourned proceedings until Thursday, January 7 for parties to adopt their final written addresses as their brief of arguments in the suit.

The parties are the APC, Mr William Edobor, Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and INEC, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

When the matter was called on Thursday, Obaseki’s counsel, Mr Ken Mozia (SAN) told the court that the business for the day was for parties to adopt their final written addresses.
Mozia said that he had received the plaintiffs’ 39-page final written address.

He said that on his part, he had filed his final address as well as a reply on points of law to the plaintiffs’ final written address.

“We adopt both written addresses, and premised on the arguments set out therein, we urge the court to make a firm determination that the plaintiffs woefully failed to prove their case,” he said.

Mozia urged the court to dismiss the case.

Similarly, Mr Razaq Isenelumhe, counsel to the PDP, adopted his written address as his final argument and urged the court to dismiss the case.

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For his part, Mr M.A Bawa, counsel to INEC prayed the court to use the arguments filed by counsel to give judgment in the matter.

“For our part, we didn’t file any process in this suit and we have consistently remained neutral.

“In the circumstance, we will be urging the court to decide the matter one way or another based on the arguments before it,” he said.

Counsel to the APC, Mr Akin Olujimi (SAN) also adopted his written address as his final argument in the matter and urged the court to grant the claims sought by his client.

The judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, adjourned the matter until January 9 to deliver judgment.