07 January 2021 By Victoria Abah
A Federal High Court in Abuja has scheduled judgement for Saturday in the alleged certificate forgery case, brought against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State by the All Progressives Congress, APC and a party chieftain, Edobor Williams.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed chose the time and date on Thursday after lawyers to parties adopted their final written addresses.
Lawyers to Obaseki Ken Mozia, and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Razaq Isenalumhe, after adopting their final written addresses, urged the court to dismiss the suit.
While Mozia also urged the court to hold that the plaintiff failed woefully to prove their case, Isenalumhe equally further prayed the court to award substantial cost against the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs in the suit, wants the court to, amongst others; disqualify Obaseki as the candidate of the PDP in the last governorship election in Edo State.
They alleged that the governor forged his first-degree certificate; he claimed to have obtained it from the University of Ibadan (UI) in 1979 and which he submitted to INEC as part of his educational qualification.
In his defense, Obaseki claimed the Registrar’s signature and the date of the issue were cut off from the photocopies of his certificate submitted to INEC because a smaller size A4 paper was used.
The plaintiffs called six witnesses in all, and tendered documents in support of their case, while Obaseki called three witnesses to support his case.