Alleged Forgery: Court Of Appeal Dismisses Obaseki’s Application

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for a stay of proceedings in the certificate forgery case against him.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, had filed a suit against Obaseki, accusing him of forging the first degree certificate which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enable him contest the election.

They also claimed that there are discrepancies in the subject Obaseki claimed he passed in his West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exam.

The governor had asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to suspend the case indefinitely on the grounds that he had filed an application at the appellate court.

Through his counsel, Ken Mozia (SAN), he had challenged the competence of APC’s reply to his defence. He asked the court to remove some paragraphs in the plaintiffs’ statement of reply.

But in a ruling on December 2, 2020, the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, dismissed the governor’s motion.

Obaseki subsequently appealed the judgement, causing the judge to suspend the case at the lower court indefinitely on Tuesday.

At the appellate court on Wednesday, the court asked the governor to return to the lower court for continuous hearing of the suit against him.


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