- The chance of Governor Obaseki to emerge the standard-bearer of APC on June 22, might have been threatened
- Some chieftains of the party had dragged the governor to court over an alleged forgery
- Obaseki, however, described the suit as frivolous and irrelevant
Three chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state over alleged certificate forgery.
Daily Trust reports that Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu, filed an originating summons alleging that the Bachelor of Arts (B.A) certificate in Classical Studies obtained by Obaseki from the University of Ibadan was forged.
Legit.ng gathered that they also alleged that the forgery of the certificate is contrary to section 182(1)(i) of the constitution of Nigeria “and therefore not qualified to run or seek the office of the Governor of Edo state” under the APC in the September 19 election.
Governor Obaseki has, however, described the suit as frivolous and irrelevant.
His counsel, Alex Ejesieme (SAN), said his defence team is preparing the reply to challenge the action in court next week.
This is coming after the Edo state chapter of the APC sued the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole and National Working Committee (NWC) of the party over a waiver granted to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a governorship aspirant of the party.
The party in the state has been split into two factions since last year, following the crisis between Obaseki and Oshiomhole.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Obaseki of Edo state was in a running battle with his supposed godfather and national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
It was reported that the battle got to its crescendo when a faction of APC loyal to Obaseki in Edo suspended Oshiomhole at ward level and later got a court injunction which barred the former governor of Edo from parading himself as the national chairman of the party.
The court's pronouncement hit the camp of Oshiomhole while Obaseki's camp thought that it has broken the camel's back.
Some APC governors and some members of the National Working Committee of APC who were tired of Oshiomhole's leadership style, aligned with Obaseki and called for Oshiomhole's resignation to avoid being butted out of office.
Oshiomhole later threw in the towel and stepped aside to allow an independent investigation over the allegation leveled against him.
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