A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit filed against the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Channels television reports that Justice Ahmed Mohammed dismissed the suit which was filed by the All Progressives Party (APC) and a Chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, against the governor who was re-elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for lack of proof.
Delivering judgement delivered on Saturday in the nation’s Capital, Justice Mohammed held that the plaintiffs relied on the photocopied document presented by Governor Obaseki without getting in touch with the University to verify the authenticity of the said Certificate.
He held that no iota of truth was brought before the court by the plaintiffs who alleged forgery, saying it was a criminal matter, but the claimants were unable to prove their case.
He noted that the Deputy Registrar (Legal) of the University of Ibadan had given evidence in the suit that the University duly issued the certificate to Governor Obaseki.
According to him, the governor was duly and properly admitted to study Classics which was later renamed Classical Studies in 1976 and graduated in 1979.
Recall that the APC and Edobor had filed the suit alleging that Governor Obaseki presented a forged certificate to seek re-election in the Edo State governorship election held on September 19, 2020.
The plaintiffs, the said document was purportedly issued by the University of Ibadan, while the governor presented same to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which conducted the poll.
During proceedings on Thursday, lawyer to the Plaintiffs, Akin Olujimi, adopted his final written address.
He urged the court to affirm their position that the governor presented a forged certificate to the electoral umpire and was unfit to occupy the office.
But the Governor Obaseki’s counsel, Ken Mozia (SAN), rejected the plea and prayed the court to dismiss the suit over what he described as the plaintiff’s failure to prove their case.
Reacting to the the judgement in a statement, Governor Obaseki, said the judgement is a triumph of the rule of law.
He said the victory was a testament to the fact that truth would prevail ultimately no matter how vehemently detractors push lies in the face of incontrovertible evidence.
“The verdict of the Federal High Court, delivered by Honourable Justice Ahmed Mohammed is well-received and a victory for the rule of law. It was a most needless attempt by desperate individuals trying to undo the will of the people through the backdoor but we are happy today that justice and truth have prevailed”.
He noted that the verdict confirms once again that Edo people were well-guided in trusting him to lead them in the September 19th governorship election, promising to continue to prioritise the development of the state not minding the darts thrown by those who are embittered by their loss and continue their attempt to put spanner in the works even when they have been roundly beaten on all fronts.
“My profound gratitude goes to the judiciary who have stood indefatigably for truth and justice; the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR); my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); our party leaders and members; my teeming supporters; the good people of Edo State and all Nigerians.”
The verdict has sparked jubilation among members and supporters of Governor Obaseki in Edo State.
But the mood was however different at Edo State Secretariat of PDP on First East Circular road in Benin City as the time of filing this report.