Edo: Court Strikes Out Certificate Forgery Suit Against Obaseki

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A federal high court in Abuja has struck out the certificate forgery lawsuit against candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Edo Guber election, Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The plaintiffs identified as Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu, had accused Obaseki of forging his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Ibadan.

According to them, Obaseki is “not qualified to run or seek election to the office of the governor of Edo State” in the forthcoming 2020 governorship election.

They also alleged that certificate forgery contravenes section 182(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

However, when the case was brought up in court on Monday, the plaintiffs and their lawyers were reportedly absent.

The defendant was also not represented.

Justice Anwuli Chiekere then proceeded to strike out the suit.

It would be recalled that the management of the University of Ibadan (UI) recently confirmed that the governor graduated from the institution in 1979.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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