18 March 2021 By Victoria Abah
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the alleged University of Ibadan degree certificate Forgery suit instituted by the All Progressives Congress, APC to challenge the election of Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki.
The court dismissed the suit for lack of merit.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on January 9 this year dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit against Governor Goodwin Obaseki.
The Judge had described APC’s allegation as strange but not satisfied with the high court decision, APC approached the Appeal Court and challenged the judgment of the lower court.
However delivering judgment in the appeal, Justice Stephen Adah held that the lower court was right in its findings and conclusion in the APC suit.
Justice Adah upheld the testimony of the Deputy Registrar, Legal, Mr Abayomi Ajayi who confirmed that Obaseki attended University of Ibadan in 1976 and fulfilled the requirements for admission to study Classics .
He held that the evidence of the Deputy Registrar was direct in showing that Obaseki did not forge any certificate he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to secure his clearance for participation in the governorship election.
He said based on that, Governor Obaseki fulfilled all requirements to contest for the governorship position of Edo state, and did not violate section 182 of the 99 Constitution.
Justice Adah further said the APC failed to prove the certificate forgery allegation and that the appeal is quite unmeritorous and dismissed it with N250, 000 cost in favour of Governor Obaseki and another N50 ,000 each in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and INEC.