Court of Appeal dismisses APC’s alleged certificate forgery suit against Obaseki

March 18, 2021
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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday,  dismissed the alleged University of Ibadan degree certificate forgery suit filed by the All Progressives Congress,  (APC) against Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo.

The court dismissed the suit  for lacking in merit and awarded N250, 000 cost in favour of Obaseki.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja had on Jan. 9, dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit against Obaseki.

The Judge had described the APC’s allegation as strange saying it was like an outsider  telling a man in his house that he is not the father of a child.

Apparently not  satisfied with the decision of the lower court, the APC approached the appellate court to  challenge the judgment.

Delivering judgment in the appeal, Justice Stephen Adah held that the lower court was right in it’s findings and conclusions.

Justice Adah upheld  the testimony of the Deputy Registrar, Legal, University of Ibadan, Mr. Abayomi Ajayi who confirmed that Obaseki attended the university in 1976 and  fulfilled the requirement for admission to study Classical Studies. 

The judge maintained  that the evidence of Ajayi was direct in showing that Obaseki did not forge the certificate he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC) to secure his clearance for participation in the governorship election.

The appellate court held that the  APC failed to prove the certificate forgery allegation and that the appeal was  unmeritorious.

The court subsequently dismissed the appeal  with N250, 000 cost in favour of Obaseki and N50 ,000 each in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and INEC.

Source (NAN)

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