The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) has vowed that it would challenge Saturday’s judgement which handed down as clean bill of health on Mr Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo state over alleged possession of an illegal, fraudulent and forged Bachelor’s degree certificate from the university of Ibadan.
It would be recalled that the APC had filed a suit against Obaseki at the Federal High Court, Abuja, challenging his credibility, and qualification to contest last year’s Edo state governorship election on grounds that Obaseki was parading a fake and forged Bachelor’s degree certificate of the University of Ibadan.
According to the APC, the certificate presented by Obaseki in his filed INEC nomination forms was tainted with questionable issues such as inappropriate signatures, names, dates, etc.
However, as earlier reported by The New Diplomat, Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Saturday dismissed the suit on grounds that the APC and the co-plaintiff, Willie Edobor failed to prove their case of certificate forgery against Obaseki ‘’beyond reasonable doubt.”
However, while reacting to the judgement, the APC urged its members and supporters across Edo state and beyond to remain steadfast as the judgement of the Abuja Court of Appeal would be challenged at a higher court by the APC.
A statement issued by the APC Caretaker Publicity Secretary in Edo State, Mr. Chris Azebamwan said his party boss in the state, Col. David Imuse,(Rtd) has indicated the readiness of the APC to challenge the judgment at another level.
According to him, while quoting Col Imuse(Rtd),” an appeal would be filed immediately after studying the judgment.”
The party Chairman who was also full of enthusiasm and confidence in the ability of the judiciary to deliver justice to the APC on the matter maintained that the APC will appeal the the judgment as soon as possible.
Col Imuse further maintained that ultimately, ” the will of the people and rule of law would prevail’, stressing that APC is confident of justice at the end.
The press statement added: ”We thank God also granting all the lawyers and the judge very good health with which they all contributed to bring the whole litigation process to this interesting stage. It is not the end of the road.”
Col Imuse also urged all APC members and supporters ” to remain calm and go about their normal businesses, as the judiciary being the last hope of the common man would deliver justice for party members.”