31 December 2020 By Victoria Abah.
The sudden illness of Justice Ahmed Mohammed, has stalled hearing in the alleged certificate forgery suit instituted against Edo Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki by the All Progressive Congress, APC.
The Judge had adjourned hearing to December 31, however, the hearing which was initially fixed for 12 noon did not commence until about 2pm.
Justice Mohammed while apologising for the delay said he had “severe attack of malaria” and as such would not be able to go the full hub of the day’s proceedings.
Responding, the plaintiffs’ lead counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi, on behalf of other counsels empathized with the judge, stressing that the his health was of paramount importance.
Following agreement of parties in the suit the judge adjourned hearing till Monday January 4, 2021.
Speaking with journalists outside the court room, counsel to APC, Chief Akin Olujimi expressed optimism of finishing the case within the time frame.
However, Obaseki’s lead counsel, Mr Ken Mozia, stated that his client had nothing to hide as the degree certificate issued to him by the authorities of the University of Ibadan was intact.
He Subsequently presented the original certificate to journalists and hinted that it would be formally tendered before the court on the next adjourned date to put to rest all the controversies raised by the plaintiffs.
The APC and one of its chieftains, Mr Williams Edobor had dragged Obaseki, his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court seeking the disqualification of Obaseki in the September 19 Governorship election over alleged certificate forgery and perjury.