It has been a turbulent time for Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state. Relief however came to him when a Federal High Court in Abuja struck out the Certificate Forgery suit filled against him.
The three plaintiffs identified as Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu had accused Obaseki of forging his Bachelor of Arts (BA) Certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Ibadan. They further argued that Obaseki is not qualified to run or seek reelection in the forthcoming governorship election in the state because according to them Certificate Forgery contravenes section 182(1)(I) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.He was thereby disqualified as an aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC) by the screening panel.
The reason why the suit was struck out is as a result of the fact that when the case was brought up in court on Monday June 29,the plaintiffs and their Attorneys were unavoidably absent. Justice Anwuli Chikere proceeded to strike out the suit. This is a major milestone for Governor Godwin Obaseki and this is coming after the management of the University of Ibadan acknowledged that he did graduate from the institution in 1979.
Sacked APC chairman Adams Oshiomole had before now noted that the decision to screen the aspirants which disqualified Obaseki was in conformity with the resolve of the party to deepen the tenets of democracy.
Godwin Obaseki is now a full fledged member of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) and it is on this platform that he will seek reelection come September 2020.
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