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Edo: Hearing on APC suit against Obaseki over ‘certificate forgery’ commences

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Despite APC claims, authorities of the University of Ibadan (UI) confirmed that Obaseki was a product of the institution

A Federal High Court, Abuja, will today commence the hearing in the certificate forgery suit instituted against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State by the opposition party in the state – the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The APC had filed a suit in July demanding the court to nullify Obaseki’s nomination by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as its candidate ahead of the state governorship poll last September.

Obaseki went on to roundly defeat APC’s Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the Edo State historic election.

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Despite APC claims, authorities of the University of Ibadan (UI) confirmed that Obaseki was a product of the institution

The Registrar, Olubunmi Faluyi, in a statement in June, informed that the governor gained admission in 1976 and studied Classics.

The Premier University disclosed that Obaseki graduated in 1979 with a Second Class Honours, Lower Division.

But the APC still wants the court to disqualify Obaseki, who became the governor of Edo State in on its platform in 2016.

The suit was filed on July 14, shortly after Obaseki emerged as PDP candidate.

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

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

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was joined in the suit marked FHC/B/CS/74/2020.

The plaintiffs prayed the court for an order disqualifying Obaseki on the grounds that 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.

While Ken Mozia (SAN) and Rasaq Isenalumhe had announced appearance for Obaseki and PDP respectively the electoral Commission is yet to announce its representation.

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